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Army of Islam Abducts Senior Regime Official

Eastern Ghouta rebel group releases online statement claiming capture of top regime official in Damascus operation
Army of Islam Abducts Senior Regime Official

The Army of Islam rebel group posted a statement online claiming to have kidnapped a senior regime official early on Wednesday.

The group has denied rumors circulated by media outlets identifying the abductee as the Syrian justice minister, Najm al-Ahmed. Ahmed reportedly hurried to appear on state TV to deny news of his own abduction, saying: "Here I am".

The Army of Islam said its fighters had succeeded in kidnapping a top regime official early on Wednesdays after a successful operation in Damascus.

The group has not yet disclosed the identity of the abductee.

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