Organized Crime & Gangs

Kidnappings grow in Lebanon as Syria war spreads

“Hostage-taking of wealthy businessmen in Lebanon has risen more than seven-fold in an unlikely knock-on effect from Syria’s civil war. Security officials say gangs who once made their money smuggling fuel and contraband through the porous Syria-Lebanon border have watched their trade wither because of the violence, so they are turning to kidnapping to make a profit.”

Source: Kidnappings grow in Lebanon as Syria war spreads | GulfNews.com

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