The final death toll in Turkey's Istanbul airport massacre is four dead and 28 injured.?
The final death toll in Turkey's Istanbul airport massacre is four dead and 28 injured. The two Palestinian gunmen who ran a mock in Wednesday (11 August) night's massacre are being questioned by Turkish police. They were captured alive after a 20-minute incident in which they exploded bombs, threw hand grenades and sprayed rifle fire into a group of about 40 passengers waiting to board an Israeli El Al aircraft bound for Tel Aviv.
SYNOPSIS: Police later said the two gunmen were transit passengers. They've been identified as Methi Zilh, 22, and Hussein Al-Rashid, aged 23. Initial reports indicated they were trying to hijack the aircraft, but failed to get through the necessary security precautions and resorted to killing waiting passengers. Later reports said the attack might have been planned in revenge for the Israeli commando raid five weeks ago on uganda's Entebbe Airport in which a hundred hijack hostages were snatched from the clutches of Palestinian guerrillas. The four who died in the raid included a senior aide to a United States' Senator, an Israeli, a Japanese tour guide, and a body which was so badly mutilated that early identification was not possible.
Police said the gunmen took cover in a women's toilet after setting explosives, and after the bombs went off they emerged to continue the massacre and exchange fire with Turkish security forces. their surrender was negotiated by an Arabic-speaking Turkish policewoman. They had originally travelled to Istanbul from Libya via Rome on Kuwaiti passports. After their capture, they were quoted as saying 'we have done our mission and we don't feel sorry'. Meanwhile, Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin had condemned the raid as an atrocity, and Italian police at Rome airport are trying to find out how the Palestinians slipped through the security net there.
Israel's Prime Minister, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin, broke off a meeting in jerusalem to announce the incident within moments of receiving the news.