Lebanese Shiite clan vows to abduct more Syrians
BEIRUT (AP) -- A spokesman for a powerful Shiite Muslim clan has vowed to abduct more Syrian nationals in retaliation for the seizure of a Lebanese Shiite man in Syria this week.
Tensions from the civil war in Syria have spilled over into Lebanon and armed members of the al-Mikdad clan on Wednesday abducted more than 20 nationals and a Turk.
Maher al-Mikdad told local media Thursday that more would be seized unless Syrian rebels release Hassane Salim al-Mikdad who was captured in Syria this week.
Rebels who kidnapped al-Mikdad claimed he was a member of Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Hezbollah and his family deny this.
The wave of hostage-taking in addition to road closures by angry Shiites has prompted Gulf countries to call on all their citizens in Lebanon to leave immediately.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)