The LAF Intelligence Directorate – Bekaa branch handed
the released hostage Fouad Daoud over to his relatives who were waiting for him at
the Ablah barracks on Wednesday evening. Daoud, a Lebanese businessman
hailing from Zahle, was kidnapped last week for ransom.
In a brief statement, Daoud thanked the Lebanese Army for the
efforts exerted for his release.
The LAF Command had said in a statement: "following
intensive monitoring, the LAF Intelligence Directorate managed to identify the
location of Daoud in the area of Tall al-Abyad in Baalbek. With the support of
an LAF unit, a patrol from this directorate raided the location on Wednesday
afternoon, and following clashes with the abductors, managed to release Fouad
Daoud and arrest one of the kidnappers, reported to belong to the Allaou family.
The LAF is still searching for the rest of the abductors to bring them to
Later on Wednesday, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said
that the release of Daoud is the first practical step of the well-studied security
plan drawn by officials, adding: “We still have Ali Hamad Mansour
whose abductors asked for a $15 million ransom.
Charbel stressed that some reports suggest that there is one
kidnapping mastermind and that the abductee is being sold to another party.