In an absolutely horrifying turn on the recent rise of kidnapping events in Lebanon, The Daily Star reports that a 12-year-old boy was kidnapped at gunpoint in the Beirut suburb of Jnah on Wednesday.

The kidnappers are asking for a $1 million ransom and threatening to kill Mohammad Nibal Awada, whose father is reportedly a wealthy businessman, if their demand is not met. Awada's father has reportedly asked the kidnappers to reduce the sum, saying he could only secure $50,000.

Kidnapping has been on an alarming rise recently, with three businessmen reported kidnapped in the past few weeks alone.


Naharnet reports that Mohammad has been released and his safe with his family. Reports differ as to the amount paid for ransom, with the Voice of Lebanon radio saying it was $130,000 ransom, and the National News Agency saying it was $100,000.

Kidnappers Want $1 million for 12-Year-Old Lebanese Boy

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