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Conflict Incident Report

Daesh releases briefly abducted arms dealer

Date of incident: 
May 18, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Islamic State (IS); Daech *
Lebanese Civilians

Arms dealer Mohammad Ahmad al-Hujairy was released by Daesh (ISIS) after a brief abduction ordeal, a security source confirmed to The Daily Star.

The source said that negotiations took place during his time in Daesh captivity, which lasted less than 24 hours.

"It seems like this was a huge financial dispute," the security source said. "He was given seven days to resolve it."

"He was neither harmed nor tortured," he added.

The 35 year-old arms dealer is part of local Daesh leader Chady Matar's faction and plays a significant role when it comes to logistical work.

Militants associated with Daesh had Thursday abducted al-Hujairy in Arsal in northeast Lebanon.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
Primary category: 
Hostage Taking Situation [inc. attempt, release]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.