World Bulletin / News Desk
The Istanbul Police Department has released a composite sketch of a suspect who attacked four elderly Armenian women in Istanbul, killing two of his victims.
In the past month, four elderly Armenian women were attacked in Istanbul's Samatya and Feriköy neighborhoods. A special team of investigators are working to capture the assailant, two of whose attacks resulted in the deaths of the victims. The other victims were seriously injured. The police department was criticized for treating what rights groups and Samatya residents say are racially motivated attacks as simple robbery cases. However, the police department says both Public Safety and Counterterrorism and Intelligence units are investigating the attacks and has also set up a special team of investigators. The composite sketch of the assailant was drawn based on testimony from witnesses in Samatya and the two survivors of the attacks. The man is described as being 1.70 meters tall with blue or green eyes. The sketch has been distributed at all police stations across Istanbul.
The first attack in the past few months was on Nov. 1 of last year. A woman named Gönül A. was beaten by an intruder, and her valuables were stolen. On Nov. 28, Tuivat A. (87) was attacked inside her house. She lost one eye in the attack and her valuables were also taken. On Dec. 28, Maritsa Küçük (85) was brutally murdered in her house, where she lived alone. In the fourth attack, Sultan Aykar (80) was stabbed as she entered her house.
Minority and rights groups have raised suspicions that the recent attacks indicate that illegal networks, most of whose members are in jail standing trial for plotting to stage coups d'état and related charges, are still active with their extensions operating. Evidence which emerged during several coup-attempt-related cases indicates that the coup plotters had targeted non-Muslims -- in particular missionaries -- and devised various plots to assassinate non-Muslim community leaders. The 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, the massacre of missionaries in Malatya during the same year and the shooting of a Catholic priest in Trabzon in 2006 are believed to be connected to the same network.
Turkish Airlines has decided to suspend its Tel Aviv flights for a 24-hour period
The US again slammed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks in which he compared Israel’s military attacks on Gaza Strip to the acts of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Muslims can no longer be unified under the rule of a single ruler like a caliph but could emulate political blocs like the European Union, Gormez said
Turkish president calls for urgent ceasefire as country starts three days of mourning for Gaza dead.
At least 76 officers were detained in 22 provinces around the country on suspicion of forming a criminal organisation and illegally bugging phones
Turkish dailies on Tuesday continued to give wide coverage to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the upcoming Turkish presidential election and a Malaysian airliner which was downed over eastern Ukraine.
Turkey's government announced a three-day period of national mourning, starting on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
The attack on southeastern Sanliurfa city leaves twoTurkish soldiers on border duty dead and injured two others late on Monday.
A man died and another 65 people were injured in a gas truck explosion on Diyarbakir-Bingol highway.
Turkey's telecoms regulator has blocked access to 110 web sites over last five years for providing illegal online gambling.
'We strongly condemn this massacre, which has reached the cruelest level in collective punishment,' says Turkey's foreign ministry.
Erdogan said he will not act according to conventions. Rather, he will act according to the constitution.
Turkish dailies on Monday focused on Israel’s military operation in Gaza plus Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the upcoming presidential elections.
Erdogan criticized Egypt's al-Sisi, accusing him of blocking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The Kurecik early warning radar system in eastern Malatya province does not share information with non-NATO members, the Foreign Ministry said.
Turkish government has not sold jet fuel to Israel, Energy Ministry said