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Kidnappers of humanitarian worker receive ransom and kill hostage

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Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, an anonymous source reported that the gang who kidnapped the logistics manager of the People in Need humanitarian organization, Hamdo al-Omar, in Idlib, Northern Syria, demanded a $35-thousand-dollar ransom to be sent to the al-Raqqa governorate.

The anonymous source said that the family of al-Omar negotiated with the kidnappers and agreed to send them the ransom. The family collected the money as a loan from al-Omar's friends.

The source added that al-Omar's brother transferred the money to the al-Raqqa governorate in Eastern Syria after he received promises that his brother would be released. On the same day, the kidnappers discarded of al-Omar's body near the city of Atarib in Aleppo.

The source said, "We do not have any information about the gang (…) al-Omar had no problems with anyone and he is not rich."

On Saturday, residents of Atarib found the body of 43-year-old al-Omar. The kidnappers killed al-Omar with two bullets and discarded his body 25 days after his abduction. Al-Omar was kidnapped near the town of Sarmada in northern Idlib.

On December 11, 2018, activists accused the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) of abducting al-Omar near the town of Sarmada in northern Idlib. The People in Need branch manager, Mazen Shahin, said that they lost connection with al-Omar when he was in an area outside Salvation Government control. The Salvation Government operates in HTS-controlled areas. Shahin added that they did not receive notice of al-Omar's abduction and death.

Since early 2018, unknown parties have performed several robberies, kidnappings, and explosions in the Idlib governorate, and security remains low. Most of the incidents targeted fighters and commanders of the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, killing and injuring dozens of them as well as civilians.