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Tue 19 Jan 2016 08:52 PM

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Kuwait citizen kidnapped in Lebanon

Retired colonel was taken at gunpoint

Kuwait citizen kidnapped in Lebanon
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A Kuwaiti citizen had been kidnapped in Lebanon, the official Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) confirmed.

Abdul Aal Al Guinaee, Kuwait’s ambassador to Lebanon, told Kuna the embassy was in contact with Lebanese security agencies in a bid to free the Kuwaiti national.

Media reports named the Kuwait as Mohsen Barrak Al Ajmi, a retired colonel and firefighter who moved to Lebanon with his Lebanese wife.

Reports said he was kidnapped at gunpoint from his farm in the town of Qebb Elias in the Bekaa Valley area.

Kuwait has previously warned its citizens of the dangers of travelling to Lebanon: "Under the current critical circumstances, Kuwaiti nationals are advised to cancel any unnecessary plans to stay in Lebanon," the Kuwaiti embassy in Beirut warned in August, Gulf News reported.

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