Gunmen kidnap two airline pilots in Lebanon

Turkish pilots abducted from road to Beirut airport

Press reports this morning say that gunmen have abducted two Turkish Airlines pilots on the road to Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport.

“A kidnapping operation took place at 3am targeting a bus carrying several members of a Turkish Airlines crew going from the airport to the hotel,” Marwan Charbel, Lebanon’s interior minister, told AFP. “The gunmen kidnapped two passengers from the bus, the pilot and co-pilot.”

Sources say that four gunmen were involved in the kidnapping. Seven other passengers on the bus were not targeted. An investigation is underway and Lebanese soldiers have been deployed to the area.

Reports suggest that the abduction may be related to the kidnap of nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in Syria in May 2012. They are still missing.


[pictured: Inside Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport]