Massive reinforcements of Turkish security forces were being sent to the northern village of Unye on Thursday (30 March), in an effort to censure the 10 guerrillas of the self-styled "Turkish Peoples Liberation Army", who were holding three kidnapped technicians.
Massive reinforcements of Turkish security forces were being sent to the northern village of Unye on Thursday (30 March), in an effort to censure the 10 guerrillas of the self-styled "Turkish Peoples Liberation Army", who were holding three kidnapped technicians. Later in the day, during a police siege, the house in which the kidnappers, with the three tannicians - two Britons and a Canadian--blew up, and all thirteen man plus a lawyer who had entered the house to mediate with the kidnappers were found dead.
Before the final police siege, cars and buses entering Unye were being stopped and searched, and Turkey's Minister of the Interior, Ferit Kubat, was personally conduction the operations.
There's controversy about how the house in which the kidnappers were including the hostages came to explode. The house was near the town of Niksar, and it's not yet known whether the house blew up accidentally or was exploded by the kidnappers themselves. It's also not confirmed whether the hostages died in the blast or had been killed by the guerrillas.
The final stages of the kidnapping took place five days after the guerrillas took the three technicians at Unye. The technicians, working at Unye's radar station, were held as hostages for three guerrillas under sentence of death for trying to overthrow the Turkish Government.
SYNOPSIS: The three radar technicians who worked at this installation in Unye, in northern Turkey, died on Thursday, when a house in the town of Niksar in which they were being held by ten guerrillas blew up during a police siege. But during the day, in Unye itself, police reinforcements entered the town. They stopped cars and buses and searched passengers.
The security forces used helicopters to scour the countryside for the kidnappers. The guerrillas who took the three technicians five days earlier were from the self-styled "Turkish Peoples Liberation Army". The technicians, two Britons and a Canadian, were being held as hostages for three guerrillas under sentence of death for trying to overthrow the Turkish Government.
In Unye, the Turkish Interior Minister, Ferit Kubat, was directing the search operations. But later in the day, it became known that the kidnappers were in the house in the mountain town of Niksar, with the three hostages. Police and troops surrounded the house -- but it soon exploded, and the kidnappers, hostages and a lawyer who tried to mediate with the guerrillas were found dead. It's not yet known what caused the blast.