Beirut (QHA) - Two pilots working for Turkish Airlines have been abducted in Lebanon, near Beirut's international airport, reports BBC. The men were snatched from a bus which was carrying several other crew members and passengers between a hotel and the airport terminal. No-one has claimed responsibility for the incident, but it is thought to be related to the conflict in Syria. Turkey backs Syria's Sunni rebels while much of Lebanon's Shia community supports the Assad regime. Lebanese army troops patrol the airport road on the southern outskirts of Beirut, following the kidnapping. Turkish media named the kidnapped men as pilot Murat Aktumer and his co-pilot Murat Agca. Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu told Reuters that he had already been in contact with the Lebanese authorities over the incident and that they were conducting a "very comprehensive investigation".

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