World Bulletin/News Desk
Kidnapped Turkish pilots have been reportedly handed in to Lebanese security forces.
Security sources did not provide any further detail.
Short ago, Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Sharbil said they were about to receive the pilots.
Families of Turkish pilots abducted in Lebanon will head to Istanbul from Izmir to meet the pilots, who are soon expected to arrive in Ataturk Airport.
Medet Akpinar, brother of pilot Murat Akpinar said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called them on Friday to give the good news.
The families will fly to Istanbul by an airplane took off at 07.50 p.m. to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Sharbil on Saturday said they were about to receive the kidnapped Turkish pilots.
Nine abducted Lebanese in Syria's Aazaz city on May 2012, in connection with the kidnapping of two Turkish pilots on August 9 in Beirut, will soon arrive in Beirut, said sources.
Turkish pilot Murat Akpinar and his assistant Murat Agca had been abducted on August 9, 2013 in Beirut after a shuttle carrying the pilot, assistant pilot and crew was stopped by four gunmen on the way from the airport to the hotel.
A group named "Visitors of Imam Reza" claimed responsibility for the abduction of the two Turkish pilots, and made a statement that they would release the Turkish pilots in exchange of 9 Lebanese nationals held as hostages in Syria.
Nine Lebanese citizens held by rebels in northern Syria since May 2012 have been released yesterday.
Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2013, 21:01