Catholic priest Santoro’s killer shot in Turkey's southwest

Catholic priest Santoro’s killer shot in Turkey's southwest

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Catholic priest Santoro’s killer shot in Turkeys southwest

Oğuzhan Akdin (L)

The Turkish murderer of an Italian Catholic priest has been shot in a popular resort in Turkey’s southwest.

Sixteen-year-old Oğuzhan Akdin had shot and killed Father Andrea Santoro, the priest of the Santa Maria Church in the northern province of Trabzon in 2006, amid widespread anger in Islamic countries over the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers.

Akdin was later convicted of premeditated murder by a juvenile court in Trabzon. After spending a decade behind prison bars, he was released in 2016.

Both Akdin and his brother, Alparslan Akdin, were wounded seriously in an armed assault in the western province of Muğla’s Bodrum district late Nov. 4

Turkish police detained two suspects after the attack.

Catholic priest Santoro’s killer shot in Turkeys southwest

Father Santoro was 61 years old when he was shot dead by high school student Oğuzhan Akdin in 2006.

Andrea Santoro, Oğuzhan Akdin, Crime