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Turkish Airlines’ pilots kidnapped in Lebanon, Turkey issued travel warning

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Turkish Foreign Ministry has warned Turkish citizens about their travels to Lebanon after two Turkish pilots were abducted in Lebanon's capital Beirut Friday.

tr-foreign-affairs"It would be appropriate for our citizens to avoid travelling to Lebanon except for states of emergency," said the ministry.

Attempts and contact with Lebanese authorities have been under way to save the pilots and ensure that they return back to Turkey safe and sound.

Referring to Friday's abduction of two Turkish pilots in Beirut, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, "Contacts have been made immediately after the incident on which we have some predictions. I will also talk to Lebanese President. I hope the pilots will soon arrive home safe and sound."

Gunmen abducted Friday a Turkish pilot Murat Akpinar and his assistant Murat Agca in Lebanon's Beirut city, said Lebanese security sources.

A shuttle including the pilot, the assistant pilot, and the crew of the Turkish Airlines plane which flew to Beirut from Istanbul was stopped by four gunmen on the way from airport to the hotel.

A group named "Visitors of Imam Reza" claimed the responsibility and demanded that nine Lebanese people taken hostage in Syria previously be released in exchange for releasing Turkish pilots, said Al Jadeed TV of Lebanon.
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