In Turkey, three workers at a publishing house that distributes the Bible were found with their hands and legs bound and their throats slit. The murders today are the latest in a series of attacks targeting Turkey’s small Christian minority. Although authorities had vowed to deal with the militant Islamic extremists, crimes against Christians don’t seem to be slowing any.
So far Turkish authorities have detained four men, and a fifth suspect was hospitalized with serious injuries after jumping out of a window in an effort to evade capture. All five of the suspects were carrying a letter that read: “We five are brothers. We are going to our deaths.”
The publishing house has previously been the site of protests by Muslim nationalists accusing the people that work there of trying to proselytize the country and the general manager of this facility has said that his employees had recently been threatened.
According to televised reports, the manner in which the victims were bound suggested the attack could have been the work of a particular local Islamic militant group and police are investigating the possible involvement of Turkish Hezbollah, which is a Kurdish Islamic organization that is working toward forming a Muslim state in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast.
[tags]Islam, Islamic, Muslim, Christian, militants, murder, Turkey[/tags]