Murat Akpinar (r) and his co-pilot Murat Agca (l), who were kidnapped in Lebanon
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Turkish airline pilots kidnapped

Two pilots working for Turkish Airlines have been abducted in Lebanon, near Beirut's international airport.

The men were snatched from a bus which was carrying several other crew members and passengers between a hotel and the airport terminal.

A group called Zuwwar al-Imam Rida has said it seized the men, saying they would be freed in exchange for nine Lebanese hostages in Syria.

Dima Hamdan reports from Beirut.

  • 09 Aug 2013
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