BEIRUT, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Two Turkish pilots were kidnapped in Beirut early Friday by gunmen as they were heading to a hotel in the Lebanese capital, the LBCI channel reported.
Local media said that the pilot and his co-pilot were on their way to a hotel in Beirut's Ain Mreisseh seafront when their bus was intercepted at the Cocodi bridge.
The abductors were riding a BMW X3 and a Kia, the reports said.
A Lebanese security source told Xinhua that the police has taken the bus driver for questioning.
Turkish Ambassador Inan Ozyildiz told the TV channel that he was following up the case, hoping that Lebanese authorities would work for their release.
Sheikh Abbas Zougheib, who has been tasked by the Higher Islamic Shiite Council to follow up the case of abducted Lebanese pilgrims in Syria, was quick to deny any involvement by the pilgrims' relatives in the kidnapping of the Turks.
Hayat Awali, spokeswoman for the families of the pilgrims, also stressed that they had no link to Friday's incident.
In May 2012, 11 pilgrims were kidnapped in Syria's northern Aleppo province as they were making their way back to Lebanon from pilgrimage in Iran.
In the past months, the families have held several protests near the Turkish Embassy and Turkish Airlines' headquarters in Beirut, accusing Ankara of procrastinating in the negotiation with the Syrian rebels.