In Turkey the 14 year old girl held captive by two gunmen for 50 hours has left hospital and visited the troops of her father's regiment who saved her.
In Turkey the 14 year old girl held captive by two gunmen for 50 hours has left hospital and visited the troops of her father's regiment who saved her. She is Sibel Urkan, daughter of a Turkish Army major.
One of the gunmen was fatally wounded when troops and police rushed the Istanbul flat yesterday (Tuesday) where she was being held. The other was injured but is now reported to be out of danger.
Today she was taken from a military hospital after doctors had examined her, to the headquarters of her father's unit to thank the troops herself.
SYNOPSIS: In Turkey a 14 year old girl who was held captive in a flat for 50 hours by two gunmen has thanked the soldiers who saved her. Sibel Urkan, the daughter of a major in the Turkish Army, was rescued on Tuesday when troops burst into the flat where she was being held. Doctors say she is getting over the strain and shock of her ordeal. The martial law commander, General Faik Turun, thanked the troops on behalf of the nation.
The troops of Sibel's father's unit surrounded the flat for 50 hours and did not move until the siege was over. The gunmen burst into the flat on Sunday as police pursued them to question them about the kidnapping and slaying of an Israeli diplomat. One gunman was fatally injured at the end of the siege. The other, said now to be out of danger, is being guarded in this building.