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Germans kidnapped in Lebanon freed, held on drugs charges

Two German citizens kidnapped in eastern Lebanon were freed on Saturday, hours after their abduction, but police immediately arrested them on drug trafficking charges, the official National News Agency reported. "The Germans abducted last night in the eastern Bekaa Valley were released today," NNA said. "After they were freed, a police unit from the Internal Security Force arrested the Germans on charges of drug trafficking, and a search for the abductors is underway," it reported.

Germans kidnapped in Lebanon freed, held on drugs charges

Two German citizens kidnapped in eastern Lebanon were freed on Saturday, hours after their abduction, but police arrested them on drug trafficking charges, the official National News Agency reported. "The Germans abducted last night in the eastern Bekaa Valley were released today," NNA said, adding that "police have arrested them for drug trafficking." It did not give further details. The Germans were seized on Friday by unknown gunmen demanding a ransom for their release, in what a security official said appeared to be a criminal rather than a political act.

Germans kidnapped in Lebanon freed, held on drugs charges

Two German citizens kidnapped in eastern Lebanon were freed on Saturday, hours after their abduction, but police immediately arrested them on drug trafficking charges, the official National News Agency reported. "The Germans abducted last night in the eastern Bekaa Valley were released today," NNA said. "After they were freed, a police unit from the Internal Security Force arrested the Germans on charges of drug trafficking, and a search for the abductors is underway," it reported.

2 Germans kidnapped in eastern Lebanon

Gunmen kidnapped two German citizens in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley on Friday, and are demanding ransom money for their release, according to the official National News Agency. The two victims were "taken to an unknown location" after their kidnappers tried in vain to coerce a cash transfer bureau to hand over money in one of the abductees' names, said the NNA. "The kidnappers later made a call to one of their friends, demanding ransom," the agency added. hek-ser/boc

2 Germans kidnapped in eastern Lebanon

Gunmen kidnapped two German citizens in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley on Friday, and are demanding ransom money for their release, according to the official National News Agency. The two victims were "taken to an unknown location" after their kidnappers tried in vain to coerce a cash transfer bureau to hand over money in one of the abductees' names, said the NNA. "The kidnappers later made a call to one of their friends, demanding ransom," the agency added.

FBI arrests third suspect in Georgia teen's kidnapping

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A third suspect in the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl from her suburban Atlanta home last month has been arrested, while another man sought in the abduction remains at large, a police official said on Thursday. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Tony Maurice Graves, 28, on Friday, said Lieutenant Marc Richards, a spokesman for the police department in Clayton County, Georgia.

Mexico arrests 13 federal cops for kidnapping, murder

Mexico City, Oct 8 (EFE).- Thirteen of 18 people arrested in an operation targeting a criminal gang in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco are active-duty federal police, government security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said Tuesday. The 18 suspects, thought to be involved in seven homicides and four kidnappings, were arrested during the period Oct. 2-4 thanks to a tip from the public, the spokesman told a press conference in Mexico City.

New details emerge in Georgia kidnapping amid hunt for suspects

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Authorities in Georgia on Friday hunted for the fourth straight day for suspects in the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl, as new details emerged in a case that began with a home invasion in suburban Atlanta. The girl, Ayvani Hope Perez, was abducted before dawn on Tuesday by two armed men who broke into her family's home in Ellenwood, south of Atlanta. She was later found at the nearby house of a relative.

Cop implicated in bar kidnapping, Mexican prosecutors say

Mexico City, Sep 20 (EFE).- A police officer has been arrested in connection with the May 26 kidnapping of 13 people from a Mexico City bar and their subsequent murder, the district attorney said. The suspect, Edgar Ernesto Gutierrez Vega, joined the municipal police force six years ago, Rodolfo Rios told a press conference, adding that the officer appears to have been tipping off drug dealers about planned busts. Gutierrez's standard of living "did not correspond" to his salary as a police officer, the district attorney said.

Mexico holds 7 in bar kidnapping

Mexico City, Aug 27 (EFE).- Mexican authorities say they have seven people in custody in connection with the May 26 abduction of 12 patrons from a capital bar and their subsequent murder. Four suspects have been formally charged, Mexico City district attorney Rodolfo Rios told a press conference. At least 10 of the people snatched from the Heaven bar in Mexico City's upscale Zona Rosa district were among the 13 bodies discovered last week in a clandestine grave near the capital.
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