ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 18, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Possibility that Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins, who was kidnapped yesterday in Lebanon, may have been violating United Nations rules for travel in area reported Report introduced.
(London, England: John Laurence) Efforts by United Nations troops and others to find Higgins reported; details given, scenes shown of search. [UN undersecretary general Marrack GOULDING - says Amal and United Nations will do all possible to get Higgins freed.] Group calling itself Islamic Revolutionary Brigades said claiming credit for kidnapping. Group's accusation that Higgins is CIA director in Lebanon quoted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) President Reagan's response to Higgins kidnapping reported [REAGAN - says wants to rescue Higgins.] Admin. explanation of Reagan's stmts. detailed. Belief that Higgins captured by Hizballah rptd; kidnap- murder of CIA official William Buckley recalled; photograph shown. CIA's denial of link with Higgins noted. [Representative Robert MICHEL - says Higgins not in Lebanon in CIA role.] Defense and State Department stmts. about United States role in Lebanon reported [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says won't let terrorists determine our policies.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Death of Higgins' father reported