Lebanese troops searcing for 7 kidnapped Estonians, update

Lebanon Security and army officials told AFP that the Lebanese troops are seeking the whereabouts of seven Europeans ( Estonians) who went missing in the eastern Bekaa Valley while on a biking trip.

AFP quoted witnesses as saying the seven were kidnapped in 2 vans by armed men wearing masks .

The group, which entered the country from Syria, was abducted near the city of Zahle in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley, said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information to the media.

The security official said the group went missing in an area near Kfarzabad, where radical, Syria-backed Palestinian militants ( PFLP_GC) have bases. But there was no official confirmation of who had taken the group.

The army is reportedly raiding place near Kfarzabad in search of the missing Europeans.

Update: 1- Security sources told New TV one of the vehicles used in the abduction of the seven Estonians in Zahle is registered in the name of a citizen from the southern town of Qana, a Hezbollah stronghold. The tourists’ bikes are now in the custody of the al-Maalqa police station in Zahle.

The source did not reveal the name of the Qana resident

Update 2 – In another development the Estonian Foreign ministry told France press that it has not received any information about its kidnapped citizens . The spokeswomen of the ministry also said that ” since one month we warned our citizens against travel to Lebanon

Update 3 – Syrian-backed Palestinian militants ( PFLP-GC) categorically denied the presence of any Europeans at its base in Kfarzabad and also condemned the kidnapping .

The militants offered to help the Lebanese internal security and army in finding the missing Europeans

  • Hannibal

    Welcome to Lebanon, the new Bermuda Triangle… Or is it a black hole?

  • Welcome to Lebanon, the new Bermuda Triangle… Or is it a black hole?

  • F0sS2U

    How do You cook an Estonian?

    • Maybe i cook you, what nationality ? ps: Im Estonian

    • Actually Estonians are quite tasty, add littlebit salt, littlebit pepper. Eat with sauerkraut and boiled potato. How about Lebanese people?

  • Anonymous

    How do You cook an Estonian?

    • Maybe i cook you, what nationality ? ps: Im Estonian

    • Actually Estonians are quite tasty, add littlebit salt, littlebit pepper. Eat with sauerkraut and boiled potato. How about Lebanese people?

      • Anonymous

        be nice, their families surely are worried sick about the well being of their misplaced loved ones.

  • guss043

    Hizbollah/Amal is a terrorist organization that need to exterminated from existence , what the excuse now, they need to investigate if they were Israeli agent,this is joke , a rape of the state , we need a revolution that goes on until we get their arms at any price!!!!

  • guss043

    Hizbollah/Amal is a terrorist organization that need to exterminated from existence , what the excuse now, they need to investigate if they were Israeli agent,this is joke , a rape of the state , we need a revolution that goes on until we get their arms at any price!!!!

  • guss043

    Hizbollah/Amal is a terrorist organization that need to exterminated from existence , what the excuse now, they need to investigate if they were Israeli agent,this is joke , a rape of the state , we need a revolution that goes on until we get their arms at any price!!!!

  • Leborigine

    C’mon guys, you cannot blame HA or the PFLP for this, they do not do such things. They are a fair and democratic parties and believe in peace, unity, human rights and education of the masses. mossad and CIA are behind this – this is what the new Lebanese government are going to report and that is what we are going to believe!

  • Anonymous

    C’mon guys, you cannot blame HA or the PFLP for this, they do not do such things. They are a fair and democratic parties and believe in peace, unity, human rights and education of the masses. mossad and CIA are behind this – this is what the new Lebanese government are going to report and that is what we are going to believe!

  • Anonymous

    C’mon guys, you cannot blame HA or the PFLP for this, they do not do such things. They are a fair and democratic parties and believe in peace, unity, human rights and education of the masses. mossad and CIA are behind this – this is what the new Lebanese government are going to report and that is what we are going to believe!

  • plomca

    When Northern Ireland had a peace treaty in place, between the Catholics, the Protestants and the UK, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), were consider the freedom fighters for Northern Ireland, even though most governments listed them as terrorist. Because of these peace agreed by all parties, what was IRA to do? Disarm and get real jobs? No. Instead, they turn to crime, especially drug dealing.

    As long their is no real conflict taking place in Lebanon, what is Hezbollah to do? No war with Israel. No battles with the other Lebanese parties at the moment. So, like the IRA, they will turn to crime also. Do you really think Hezbollah fighters will disarm and get real jobs? Very unlikely. These trained killers will resort to crime for a living, if that what it takes to survive. And this can be a long term problem for Lebanon, if long standing peace is finally in place. A group of thugs selling arms, drugs, money laundering , etc..

    The Lebanese government has to seriously think how they will handle this group, if long term peace is succeeded. Like other countries in the past, money for arms or job training are some suggestions. But, some will still reject this and Lebanon’s police force will have to handle this for years to come. Many good policemen and innocent victims will probably die in the process – that will the problem.

  • Anonymous

    When Northern Ireland had a peace treaty in place, between the Catholics, the Protestants and the UK, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), were consider the freedom fighters for Northern Ireland, even though most governments listed them as terrorist. Because of these peace agreed by all parties, what was IRA to do? Disarm and get real jobs? No. Instead, they turn to crime, especially drug dealing.

    As long their is no real conflict taking place in Lebanon, what is Hezbollah to do? No war with Israel. No battles with the other Lebanese parties at the moment. So, like the IRA, they will turn to crime also. Do you really think Hezbollah fighters will disarm and get real jobs? Very unlikely. These trained killers will resort to crime for a living, if that what it takes to survive. And this can be a long term problem for Lebanon, if long standing peace is finally in place. A group of thugs selling arms, drugs, money laundering , etc..

    The Lebanese government has to seriously think how they will handle this group, if long term peace is succeeded. Like other countries in the past, money for arms or job training are some suggestions. But, some will still reject this and Lebanon’s police force will have to handle this for years to come. Many good policemen and innocent victims will probably die in the process – that will the problem.

  • Anonymous

    When Northern Ireland had a peace treaty in place, between the Catholics, the Protestants and the UK, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), were consider the freedom fighters for Northern Ireland, even though most governments listed them as terrorist. Because of these peace agreed by all parties, what was IRA to do? Disarm and get real jobs? No. Instead, they turn to crime, especially drug dealing.

    As long their is no real conflict taking place in Lebanon, what is Hezbollah to do? No war with Israel. No battles with the other Lebanese parties at the moment. So, like the IRA, they will turn to crime also. Do you really think Hezbollah fighters will disarm and get real jobs? Very unlikely. These trained killers will resort to crime for a living, if that what it takes to survive. And this can be a long term problem for Lebanon, if long standing peace is finally in place. A group of thugs selling arms, drugs, money laundering , etc..

    The Lebanese government has to seriously think how they will handle this group, if long term peace is succeeded. Like other countries in the past, money for arms or job training are some suggestions. But, some will still reject this and Lebanon’s police force will have to handle this for years to come. Many good policemen and innocent victims will probably die in the process – that will the problem.