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Updated: April 8, 2011 20:24 IST

Lebanon indicts 11 in kidnapping of Estonians

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The officials said prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged the 11 on Friday with forceful abduction. Seven are in custod

Lebanese soldiers patrol a highway in the Masnaa area, in the eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Lebanese officials say suspects in the abduction of seven Estonian tourists have opened fire on the police. The security officials say at least one police officer was wounded as police conducted raids in search of the missing tourists. File photo: AP.
Lebanese soldiers patrol a highway in the Masnaa area, in the eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Lebanese officials say suspects in the abduction of seven Estonian tourists have opened fire on the police. The security officials say at least one police officer was wounded as police conducted raids in search of the missing tourists. File photo: AP.

Lebanese judicial officials say a military prosecutor has indicted 11 people suspected of involvement in last month’s kidnapping of seven Estonian tourists.

The officials said prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged the 11 on Friday with forceful abduction. Seven are in custody.

The officials say Mr. Saqr later referred the suspects to an investigative judge. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The Estonians were cycling in the eastern Bekaa Valley when armed men wearing masks kidnapped them.

It wasn’t clear whether the kidnappings were politically motivated, like the wave of abductions during Lebanon’s civil war. Kidnappings are less common now but the area where the group was kidnapped is known for lawlessness, drug trafficking and clan feuds.

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