Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets of Beirut in 2011
Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets of Beirut in 2011. A Lebanese army unit have arrested several people in raids in southern Beirut following a string of kidnappings by members of a local Shiite clan last month, the military said on Saturday. © Anwar Amro - AFP/File
Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets of Beirut in 2011
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Last updated: September 8, 2012

Lebanese army makes arrests after series of kidnappings

A Lebanese army unit have arrested several people in raids in southern Beirut following a string of kidnappings by members of a local Shiite clan last month, the military said on Saturday.

"A number of wanted persons have been arrested and others are being pursued in different regions of Lebanon in order to arrest them and work for the release of all the kidnapping victims," said a statement about the Friday night operation.

It added that a number of weapons, as well as ammunition and military equipment, were confiscated during the raids in the Dahiya area, effectively under the control of the Shiite militia Hezbollah.

Hezbollah has denied any links to the Muqdad clan, which kidnapped around 20 Syrians and a Turkish man in Lebanon last month.

Since then, a number have been released, but the fate of the Turk and the other Syrians remains unknown.

Asked about their whereabouts, a military source told AFP: "We don't have any new information about this subject."

Maher Muqdad, who said he was speaking on behalf of the family, told AFP: "We don't know anything about them anymore. They were with our sons but we don't know what happened to them or where they are now."

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