The Turkish Ambassador to the Vatican and his bodyguard were shot and wounded in Rome on Thursday (17 April).
LV & SV PAN Street scene with bullet hole in window (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Blood stains in car with bullet-shattered windows
SV Lane with car parked and officials look
CU Wounded man on stretcher through hospital corridors and into lift
CU Another wounded man out of lift and along corridor (2 shots)
SV Car with shattered windows
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Background: The Turkish Ambassador to the Vatican and his bodyguard were shot and wounded in Rome on Thursday (17 April). The assassination attempt was carried out by Armenian urban guerrillas as part of their campaign to draw attention to what they call the genocide of Turkish Armenians in 1915.
SYNOPSIS: Two young men stopped the car of Ambassador Vecdi Turel as he was being driven to work. They fired into the car and fled.The two victims, the 62-year-old ambassador and his bodyguard, were not seriously injured.
Mr. Turel was shot in the shoulder and chest. His guard was hit in the face.
As the men were taken to hospital, Armenian guerrillas claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened further violence against Turkish personalities and institutions. Mr. Turel's predecessor, was shot dead in a Rome street in 1977. The Italian capital has been the scene of several Armenian urban guerrilla attacks. On 18 March, one man was killed by a bomb blast.
A group called the Justice Commands of the Armenian Genocide said it was responsible for the attack. They say the Turkish government killed one million Armenians in 1915 and drove thousands of others abroad. Also in the capital on Thursday (17 April) Italian extremists set off bomb outside a police station, a bookshop and a suburban office of the Communist party.