NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 18, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan quoted regarding kidnapping of Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins in south Lebanon. Reports introduced
(S. Lebanon: Martin Fletcher) Islamic Revolutionary Brigades' accusations against Higgins quoted on screen. United Nations officials reported believing Higgins remains in south Lebanon area. United Nations noted blocking all roads from Tyre. [UN spokesperson Timor GOKSEL - comments on search.] Moslem Amal militia reported blocking other exits. Amal militia leaders reported being angered over kidnapping. [Amal leader Nabih BERRI -apologizes for kidnapping and vows to help win release.] [UN leader Marrack GOULDING - comments on situation.] Higgins noted being third United Nations official to be kidnapped in three weeks United Nations spokesperson quoted. Amal militia reported taking kidnapping personally.
(DC: John Cochran) President Reagan reported startling Congress leaders when asked about Higgins' kidnapping. [REAGAN - says wants to rescue Higgins.] White House aides quoted. Rescue noted possibly entailing aid of Iranian contacts. [Defense Secretary Frank CARLUCCI - says Hizballah, group holding other hostages, may be responsible for Higgins kidnapping.] Beirut sources noted claiming "Islamic Revolutionary Brigades" really Hizballah. Brigades noted claiming Higgins is CIA agent. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on terrorism.] No. of Americans working with United Nations force in south Lebanon given. [Irish COL. - explains duties of United Nations force.] Congress leaders' concern discussed. [Representative Stephen SOLARZ - comments on Americans traveling alone in Lebanon.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reagan reported calling Higgins family to express support. Father William F. Higgins reported dying in Louisville, Kentucky. Colonel's brother-in-law quoted.