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Kuwaiti kidnapped in Lebanon: security source

The kidnapping of a Kuwaiti national in Lebanon does not appear to have had a political motive

AFP , Saturday 25 Aug 2012
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Armed men kidnapped a Kuwaiti in eastern Lebanon on Saturday, a security official said, adding that the abduction did not appear to have a political motive.

The man, who lives in Lebanon, was seized from his car in the town of Howsh al-Ghanam in the Bekaa valley, the official told AFP.

"There are no signs that the kidnapping was politically motivated."

The official said there had been a number of kidnappings for ransom which are unrelated to political tensions or the conflict gripping neighbouring Syria.

Nevertheless, such incidents fuel fears of Syria-related violence spilling over into Lebanon, where a Shiite clan kidnapped around 20 Syrians last week in retaliation for the abduction of a family member by a Syrian rebel group.

Kuwait and several other Gulf states last week ordered their nationals -- who often holiday in Lebanon -- to leave the country in the face of threats, particularly against Saudis and Qataris, whose governments are staunch opponents of the Damascus regime.

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