Political Leader Kidnaped in Beirut


Gunmen kidnaped a top official of Lebanon's largest Christian political party in Beirut on Tuesday, security officials said.

Ten gunmen driving in a car and a van abducted Boutros Khawand as he was leaving his home in the capital, they said.

Khawand, 53, is a member of the politburo of the Falangist Party, the largest of several Christian groups. In August and earlier this month, it boycotted Lebanon's first general elections in 20 years.

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