By Justin Salhani
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Armed gunmen intercepted a shuttle bus transporting
Turkish Airlines crew members from the airport Friday morning,
Local media reported that the bus left Rafik Hariri Airport Friday
morning at 3 a.m. for a hotel in Beirut. Shortly after, while driving
along the old airport road the vehicle was stopped by two cars filled
with eight gunmen. Four of the gunmen allegedly approached the bus and
asked the passengers about the Turkish pilots before kidnapping them.
A group calling itself Zuwwar al-Imam Ali al-Rida, which roughly
translates to “The Visitors of Imam Ali al-Rida,” claimed responsibility
for the kidnapping of pilot Murat Akpinar and copilot Murat Agca, both
Turkish nationals. Shi’a Muslims believe Imam Rida was the eighth of the
Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel claimed to have no
information on the group but said authorities were looking into the
situation to determine if the group was authentic.
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