Kidnapped Turkish pilots call for help

Two Turkish Airline pilots who were abducted more than two weeks ago by gunmen in Lebanon have called for help from their government.

On Friday, the Lebanese media reported that the abductees have asked their government to cooperate with the kidnappers who have demanded the release of nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped last year by militants in Syria.

Foreign-backed Takfiri militants are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad.

“Everyone to help in freeing the kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims,” said Murat Akpinar, one of the two pilots, in a recorded video message.

“We are also waiting for help in our case so that we would be released soon,” Akpinar said, adding, “We salute our country and we want to tell our families that we miss them.”

On August 9, Lebanonâ„¢s Interior Ministry said that Akpinar and his co-pilot, Murat Agca, were abducted by gunmen in the capital Beirut.

Å“A kidnapping operation took place at 3:00 a.m. targeting a bus carrying several members of a Turkish Airlines crew going from the airport to the hotel,” said Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.

After the incident, Lebanese authorities launched an investigation into the details of the abduction, and security forces were deployed near the scene of the incident.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu also said that Ankara immediately contacted the Lebanese officials regarding the incident.

Å“They are conducting a very comprehensive investigation,” Gumrukcu said.


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Republished from: Press TV