World Bulletin / News Desk
Four Syrian gunmen believed to have links with the Syrian regime were captured by Turkish police after a brief skirmish on the border as they were trying to kidnap an anti-regime Syrian lawyer.
Four Syrians illegally entered into Turkey recently through southern Turkish province of Hatay and stormed the house of Syrian lawyer M.E. in Antakya. The lawyer is believed to be advocating opposition figures in Syria in importance cases.
Pro-Assad gunmen tied hands of the lawyer and brought him to Yayladağı border gate with a vehicle to again illegally cross back into Syria. The gunmen got off the car near the border and headed to a forest where it is easy to hide and return Syria.
Police earlier detected the vehicle as a suspicious one and followed the vehicle until it stopped. After the gunmen got off the car and started running towards the forest, police warned the gunmen to stop and surrender.
Gunmen refused to stop and instead responded with a gunfire. In clashes, two of the gunmen were injured. The injured suspects were taken to Antakya State Hospital and the hostage lawyer was saved unharmed.
Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency said the lawyer is one of the “important names” of the opposition and that he attended significant cases in Syria in favor of the opposition.
Hatay Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz said the issue is being investigated fully and that they unveiled that some Turks involved in the issue as an accomplice.
He said the number of the detainees could rise.Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2013, 15:19