BEIRUT — Syrian activists and an opposition official say a leading human rights lawyer has been abducted by gunmen in a rebel-held area near Damascus.
The Local Coordination Committees network says in a statement that Razan Zaytouni was seized along with three other activists from the suburb of Douma after armed men broke into her office Tuesday.
Suhair Atassi, a member of the main Western-backed Syrian National Coalition opposition group, confirmed on her Twitter account that the four had been taken.
Director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman said Zaytouni recently received threats from Islamists.
The abduction comes amid a wave of kidnappings and killings of anti-government activists by extremist groups.
Fares Mohammed, a Lebanon-based Syrian activist with the LCC, said jihadi groups were active nearby.