A man and his wife were kidnapped Friday in the Baalbek district town of Ham, state-run National News Agency reported.

“Gunmen kidnapped Lebanese national Hassan Mohammed Mrad and his wife Karma Jamil Mahdi from an apple grove in the outskirts of the town of Ham, taking them into Syria,” NNA said.

The agency noted that the man is “the father of Abdullah Mrad, who was killed by gunmen two years ago in the town’s outskirts.”

LBCI television said the gunmen belong to Fateh al-Sham Front, which was formerly known as al-Nusra Front before renouncing its ties with al-Qaida.

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