The Estonians were kidnapped by who?

Police forces were deployed near the town of Anjar, in the Lebanese eastern Bekaa region in search of those behind the kidnapping of seven Estonians abducted a week ago at gunpoint. (AFP/STR)

Police forces were deployed near the town of Anjar, in the Lebanese eastern Bekaa region in search of those behind the kidnapping of seven Estonians abducted a week ago at gunpoint. (AFP/STR)

So in a bizarre twist on an already mysterious story, an obscure group no one has ever heard of is claiming it kidnapped seven Estonians in Lebanon last Wednesday.

Haraket al-Nahda wa al-Islah (the Movement for Renewal and Reform) apparently sent an email to the Lebanon Files website along with copies of the ID cards of three of the people abducted.

“We received an email late yesterday and we informed the proper authorities,” said Rabih Haber, head of Lebanon Files website. “The authorities gave us permission to publish the email.”

The group said the Estonians were in good condition and that it would make its demands known at a later time. The seven were abducted at gunpoint in the eastern Bekaa town of Zahle on March 23 after entering Lebanon through Syria on their bicycles.

Police conducted a raid on what it believed was one of the kidnappers’ hideouts in the Bekaa on Tuesday. One officer was wounded and no Estonians were found.

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