2 Turks kidnapped in Lebanon appear in video

AP, Tuesday 15 Oct 2013

A short video clip on Lebanese TV shows two abducted airline pilots in good health

Two Turkish Airlines pilots kidnapped in Lebanon have appeared in a video that provides the first words from the pair since their abduction in early August.

In the 32-second clip, first shown on Lebanon's LBC television on Tuesday, the two men identify themselves as Murat Akpinar and Murat Agca. They both give the date as 14 October and say they are in good health.

The men in the video appeared to match photos of the two pilots previously published in the Turkish press.

Gunmen abducted the pair near Beirut's international airport on 9 August.

The kidnapping appears to be linked to Syria's civil war. A previously unknown group claimed responsibility, and linked the fate of the Turks to that of nine Lebanese Shiites held by Syrian rebels.

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