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Conflict Incident Report

Abduction of Ayman Sawwan in Baalbeck

Date of incident: 
September 8, 2014
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Four anonymous gunmen, driving a black Grand Cherokee with tinted glass, intercepted a car on the highway of Taibeh village in Baalbeck and kidnapped citizen Ayman Sawwan. The abductors left Ayman's brother, Khaled, at large, and stole cell phones that were inside his car.

Primary category: 
Hostage Taking Situation [inc. attempt, release]
Secondary Category: 
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.