BEIRUT — Two British women were abducted at gunpoint outside their West Beirut apartment and forced into a waiting car that sped off into the streets of the war-torn capital, police said today.
The kidnaping of the women raised the number of Westerners abducted and missing in Lebanon to 13, including six Americans.
Elsewhere today, police said Syrian paratroopers were locked in gun battles with Palestine Liberation Organization-backed Muslim militiamen in the northern port of Tripoli, and police reported the discovery of 10 bullet-riddled bodies, including a father and three sons, in the southern part of the city.
Artillery and tank fire duels between Christian and Muslim irregulars in Beirut killed three combatants.
Police identified the kidnaped women as Amanda McGrath, 28, a teacher in the American University of Beirut's intensive English program, and Hazel Moss, 45, a former restaurant manager.
They were seen being forced into a car outside of their apartment by men armed with pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle Thursday, witnesses said.