Kidnapped Syriac and Greek Orthodox bishops released unharmed

The Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox bishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi (photo) respectively, were freed on Tuesday near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, less than a day after their abduction near the border with Turkey.

According to a statement by the Christian organization Oeuvre d’Orient carried by Agence France-Presse in the early afternoon, the two bishops returned to an Orthodox church in Aleppo unharmed.

It remained unclear yesterday who was behind the kidnapping though the Syriac Bishopric said Chechen fundamentalists were to blame.

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