BEIRUT: A Lebanese man who was kidnapped in Ivory Coast’s Abidjan was freed Thursday, a member of his family told The Daily Star.
Ashraf Rida Shour was kidnapped around 9:15 p.m. Monday in the Abobo neighborhood, after a gang of four people – two of them who were armed – waited for him outside his bakery by his parked car.
A member of Shour’s family told The Daily Star at the time that the gang fired gunshots in the air, then forced Shour into his car and took him outside of town. The police found Shour’s car about two hours later, though Shour himself was missing.
Shour’s brother, Raed Shour, said Thursday that the Ivory Coast authorities had been following up on the issue since Monday. The gang that kidnapped Shour had requested a ransom without specifying the amount, his brother said.
He said his family kept negotiating with the kidnappers as the Ivory Coast authorities tracked them down and freed Shour.
The West African countries of Senegal, Sierre Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast host a large number of Lebanese expatriates, primarily from south Lebanon.