Kidnappers abduct priest in Lebanon for baptizing a Muslim girl
A priest was abducted Monday in eastern Lebanon after he baptized a Muslim girl who had fled her family's home, the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) reported.
"Unidentified assailants in two cars intercepted Walid Gharios in his car in Baalbek and kidnapped him," the agency wrote, dpa reported.
The abductors had kidnapped the priest because he had "baptized a Muslim girl after she fled her parents' house," NNA reported based on preliminary information.
Security forces were working to track down the priest and his kidnappers, the agency added.
Baalbeck, 100 kilometres northeast of Beirut, is a hotbed of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.