Once notorious for the kidnappings of Westerners during the dark days of its civil war, Lebanon appeared to have turned that murky chapter in its history, with hardly a report of such a crime in decades.
That was until March 23 when seven Estonian cyclists appeared over the Anti-Lebanon mountains from Syria, sped down the highway into the lush and troubled Bekaa Valley, land of vineyards and crime gangs, and were soon slammed off their bikes by armed men in three cars.
Somewhere outside Zahle, a predominantly Christian city in the Bekaa, the Estonians were bundled into a van, stripped of their mobile phones, and were next to be seen on a YouTube video reportedly posted from Syria. The video has since been removed.
After 113 days in captivity the seven Estonian have now been released by their kidnappers, after efforts by the French, which acts on behalf of Estonians in Lebanon.
Yet still no one is quite sure who took them.