The only son of the Turkish Ambassador to the Netherlands was shot dead at the wheel of his car in the Hague city centre on Friday (12 October).
The only son of the Turkish Ambassador to the Netherlands was shot dead at the wheel of his car in the Hague city centre on Friday (12 October). Ahmet Benler, aged 27, was shot by a lone gunman who fired through the closed window of the car. A group which Reuters News Agency says is linked to the Army of Liberation of Armenia has claimed responsibility. A statement made to Reuters in Beirut by an Armenian guerrillas group threatened to attack Dutch interests around the world if punitive measures are taken against Armenians in the Netherlands.
SYNOPSIS: The body was left in the red Volkswagen car while police photographers and other experts studied the scene. Immediately after the shooting, the car leapt forward about fifty metres (yards) before crashing into a parked car.
Mr. Benler was reported to have stopped at a traffic light when the attack was made. The police say that between four and six shots were fired through the side window. Soon after the attack an anonymous caller telephoned the French News agency Agence France Presse to say the 'Justice Commando of the Armenian Genocide' was responsible. Reuters news agency says the organisation can be linked with the secret army of liberation of Armenia.
Traffic halted by the incident remained backed up while police questioned the drivers. The police circulated a description of a man seen running from the scene.
Mr. Benler came to the Hague when his father was posted to the Netherlands in September last year (1978). The victim was a post-graduate student at Delft University.