Armed Syrian Terrorist Kidnap 13 Shia Lebanese Pilgrims

JNN 22 May 2012 Damascus : Anti-Syrian government armed Terrorist have kidnapped at least 13 Lebanese Shia pilgrims as the country is still grappling with the ongoing violence, Press reports.

The men were abducted in the Syrian city of Aleppo while they were returning to Lebanon from a pilgrimage in Iran.

The abductees, who were travelling by land, were still on the Syrian-Turkish border when they were kidnapped. The armed gangs allegedly hijacked their bus, then kidnapped the men and released the women.

There is no more information about the location of the abductees.

Protest in Lebanon :

Shia Muslims in Lebanon have protested against the abduction of 13 Lebanese pilgrims by armed gangs in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Press reports.

Protesters gathered in the southern suburbs of the capital, Beirut. They closed down several roads and burned tires and garbage cans.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah condemned the abduction, saying the Lebanese government should be accountable.

Crisis-hit Syria has been the scene of killings, explosions, and abductions over the past year.

Saudi and Qatari backed armed groups carry out terrorist operations in the country since the unrest began in March 2011.

The Syrian government says ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” are behind the unrest, adding that the violence is being orchestrated from abroad.

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