The people of Niksar and Kizildere in Northern Turkey were shocked and dazed yesterday (Friday) after the gruesome events of the previous day in which nine Turkish guerrillas and their three hostages, two Britons and a Canadian, were shot dead.
SV Bodies carried from Nikear hospital and into ambulance (2 shots)
SV Troops outside
SV Ambulance pulling away
SV Local women watching
SV Old man (Father of Kurkcu) weeping
SV Father of Alptekin, people & troops outside building (3 shots)
SV Kurkcu's father enters house
SV Women watching
SV Group of soldiers outside house
GV & GV PAN Kizildere village (2 shots)
SV Village headman coming out of wrecked house (2 shots)
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Background: The people of Niksar and Kizildere in Northern Turkey were shocked and dazed yesterday (Friday) after the gruesome events of the previous day in which nine Turkish guerrillas and their three hostages, two Britons and a Canadian, were shot dead.
The bodies of the three hostages, technicians from a NATO radar establishment, were taken by ox-cart to the town of Niksar, then by ambulance to Ankara for repatriation.
In a statement to the Turkish Parliament, Interior Minister Ferit Kubat revealed that the tenth guerrilla, Ertugrul Kurkcu, had been found alive hiding in a hay-barn, and had confessed that the guerrillas shot their hostages before the Turkish troops opened fire in the final battle.
This film shows scenes in Niksar, where the bodies were taken, and where fathers of the guerrillas went to identify their dead sons. One is the father of Kurkcu, who was found alive.
At Kizildere village, where the shoot-up took place, the village headman was surveying the damage to his house where the guerrillas made their last stand.
SYNOPSIS: The bodies of three radar technicians, two British and one Canadian, were taken to Ankera from Northern Turkey on Friday to be flown home. The day before, the three men had been killed by guerrillas as Turkish army commandos surrounded their hide-out in a remote mountain village. The bodies were brought down by ox-cart.
Mingling with the people of the little town of Niksar were fathers who had come forward to identify their guerrilla sons, killed in the final battle with the army. Interior Minister Ferit Kubat confirmed on Friday that the guerrillas shot the hostages before the army made its final assault.
This man's son, Ertugrul Kurkcu, was the only one of the ten guerrillas who survived. He was found hiding in a hay-barn, and his confession enabled the authorities to discover what happened to the hostages.
Kizildere village is till dazed and shocked after its sudden and gruesome emergence into the world's headline news. It was here the ten guerrillas told the security forces they preferred to die rather than surrender. The village headman has his own reason for regretting the week's events. It was in his house that the guerrillas made their last stand.