The bodies of Turkish diplomat Galip Ozmen and his daughter Neslihan Ozmen were flown back to Turkey from Greece on Wednesday (6 August).
GV Motorcade arrives at athens Western airport, Greece, with coffins in cars.
SV Coffins draped with Turkish flag carried into building followed by relatives including Galip Ozmen's son. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Guards saluting as wreath laid on coffins by Greek Foreign Ministry representative. (3 SHOTS)
GV Coffins carried out of building toward Turkish Airlines plane.
SV PAN Plane TO coffins being placed in hold.
SV PULL OUT TO GV Son of Galip Ozmen being comforted as he walks up steps of plane.
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Background: The bodies of Turkish diplomat Galip Ozmen and his daughter Neslihan Ozmen were flown back to Turkey from Greece on Wednesday (6 August). Mr. Ozmen, his wife and three children were shot at by a gunman who fired into their family car in a busy Athens street on Thursday (31 July).
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Galip Ozmen who had been attache at the Turkish embassy in Athens since 1977 was shot dead while sitting in his parked car in the capital's Pangrati suburb. His 14-year-old daughter died of gunshot wounds in hospital where she, her mother and another woman were taken after the attack.
During a short memorial service held in Athens Airport VIP lounge, a representative from the Greek Foreign Ministry laid a wreath on Mr. Ozmen's coffin as a gesture of sorrow on behalf of the Greek Government. Among the mourners were Mr. Ozmen's tow sons. His youngest son escaped unhurt from the attack but the elder, Vian was wounded. The coffins were accompanied on the flight back to Ankara by the Director of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mr. Bilge. The Turkish government issued a statement describing the killing of Mr. Ozmen as a 'barbaric act'.
An anonymous telephone call to a foreign news agency in Athens after the shooting claimed responsibility in the name of a group calling itself the 'Armenian Liberation Army'. The caller said the attack was another step in the group's struggle against what he described as the Turkish regime, reactionary Turkish forces, NATO, American imperialism and reactionary American forces. In a statement in Beirut in January the group claimed responsibility for the killings of six Turkish diplomats between 1975 and 1979.