Kidnapped Turkish pilots returned, head home from Lebanon
The two Turkish pilots who were abducted in Beirut in August were released late Saturday (Courtesy of Ihlas News Agency/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two Turkish Airlines pilots kidnapped over two months ago in Beirut were handed over to Lebanese authorities Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star.
Turkish Airlines pilot Murat Akpinar and his co-pilot Murat Agca were snatched on Beirut’s airport road on Aug. 9 while the two headed to a hotel in the capital. Their abductors demanded the release of nine Lebanese nationals who were kidnapped by Syrian rebels in northern Syria in May 2012.
The security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Qatari jet was on standby at Rafik Hariri International Airport to return the two pilots.