INTRODUCTION: Jordan's top diplomat in Lebanon was kidnapped on Friday (6 February) as the simmering conflict between Syria and Jordan flared into violence.
GV PAN ZOOM TO CU FROM Bullet holes in wall o apartment TO bullet hole in glass
GV Man walking through room and debris on floor
SV EXT Broken glass at front door
GV ZOOM Apartment block TO Jordanian flag TILT DOWN guard at gate
GV PANS Apartment block TO road (3 shots)
SV INT Bullet holes in walls and windows
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Jordan's top diplomat in Lebanon was kidnapped on Friday (6 February) as the simmering conflict between Syria and Jordan flared into violence. Official security sources say two people were killed and two were wounded when about 20 heavily armed men stormed the envoy's residence in Beirut during the night.
SYNOPSIS: The condition of Charge d'Affaires Hisham Moheisen's Beirut apartment testifies to the ferocity of the raid. The gunmen burst in firing automatic weapons, dragging off the envoy to a waiting car.
Two people were shut down and killed in the attack, and the envoy's housemaid was also abducted. A telephone caller later claimed responsibility for the abduction on behalf of the self-styled "Eagles of the Revolution"; a left-wing group known to have close ties with pro-Syrian Palestinian guerrillas. The group told a Lebanese radio station that Mr. Moheisen would be killed unless Jordan handed over two Syrian Air Force pilots who defected to Amman almost a year ago.
Security forces in Beirut also said that a similar statement, by a second and previously unknown group, was found at Mr. Moheisen's apartment. The statement, from the "Vanguards of Revolutionary Violence--Lebanon Region" did not mention the pilots.
But it condemned the official Jordanian media for waging a hostile propaganda campaign against Syria. A Jordanian guard was shot dead in the attack, another was wounded along with a Lebanese gendarme, and a Lebanese civilian was killed, apparently by a stray bullet.