2 Turkish Airlines crew kidnapped in Lebanon

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Posted: Aug 09, 2013 3:43 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials say gunmen have kidnapped two crew members — a pilot and a co-pilot — for Turkish Airlines in Beirut.

Security officials say the two men, both Turkish nationals, were seized as they were travelling in a van with other crew members from the Beirut International Airport to a hotel early Friday.

The officials say six gunmen ambushed the car on an old airport road, snatched the two men from the vehicle and let the rest continue on. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

There was no claim of responsibility for the kidnapping.

The incident is likely related to neighboring Syria's conflict — Turkey backs Syria's Sunni rebels while Lebanese Shiite support the regime. A rebel group in Syria is holding nine Lebanese Shiites.