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Turkish pilots arrive home after kidnapping

October 19, 2013
Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two Turkish Airlines pilots held hostage in Lebanon by militants since August have returned home.

Turkish television channels showed live images Saturday night of pilots Murat Akpinar and Murat Agca arriving at an airport in Istanbul. They arrived on a Qatar Executive private jet.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials greeted the pilots on the tarmac.

The two were freed as part of a deal that saw nine Shiite pilgrims from Lebanon freed from captivity in Syria.

It's unclear if the third part of the deal has been executed, which calls for the release several dozen women held in Syrian government jails. That was a key demand of Syrian rebels who were holding the Lebanese pilgrims.



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