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4 Australians detained in Lebanon on kidnapping suspicion

  • The Australian flag, third left, is see along with others outside a compound that houses the Australian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Lebanese authorities have detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    The Australian flag, third left, is see along with others outside a compound that houses the Australian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Lebanese authorities have detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this March 22, 2005 photo, Australian Sixty Minutes presenter Tara Brown poses for a photo at Sydney's Westin Hotel for the Australian Red Cross 90th Anniversary Gala dinner. Lebanese authorities detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday, April 7, 2016. The Australian media said the detainees include TV presenter Brown. (Paul Miller/AAP Image via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    In this March 22, 2005 photo, Australian Sixty Minutes presenter Tara Brown poses for a photo at Sydney's Westin Hotel for the Australian Red Cross 90th Anniversary Gala dinner. Lebanese authorities detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday, April 7, 2016. The Australian media said the detainees include TV presenter Brown. (Paul Miller/AAP Image via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Two employees enter a compound that houses the Australian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Lebanese authorities have detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Two employees enter a compound that houses the Australian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Lebanese authorities have detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanese police say authorities have detained four Australian citizens on suspicion they were involved in the kidnapping of two children.

A police official said Thursday that the four are being questioned over the kidnapping of Noah and Lahela al-Amin.

They are the son and daughter of a Lebanese man and an Australian woman.

Police said Wednesday's kidnapping in which the children were taken after an attack on their Lebanese grandmother near Beirut was part of a family dispute.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media did not give the names of the Australians.

Australian media though said that the Australian detainees include journalists working for Channel Nine's 60 Minutes who were filming the child snatch operation in Lebanon.