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It's official: Konca Kuris murdered by the Hizbullah terrorists

HDN | 1/23/2000 12:00:00 AM |

Prime Minister Ecevit says Hizbullah may have infiltrated into state departments... Ankara - Turkish Daily News Authorities confirmed on Saturday that the body of the woman found in Konya in a Hizbullah terrorist hideout was that of Islamist feminist writer Konca Kuris who was kidnapped 18 months ago. "Unfortunately we have lost Konca," Anatolian news agency quoted her brother Mehmet Genc as he emerged from the morgue. "We obtained her dental records and they match...These murderers

  • Prime Minister Ecevit says Hizbullah may have infiltrated into state departments...
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    Authorities confirmed on Saturday that the body of the woman found in Konya in a Hizbullah terrorist hideout was that of Islamist feminist writer Konca Kuris who was kidnapped 18 months ago.

    "Unfortunately we have lost Konca," Anatolian news agency quoted her brother Mehmet Genc as he emerged from the morgue. "We obtained her dental records and they match...These murderers will find their punishment before the courts.

    Police on Thursday unearthed four bodies including that of a woman in Konya as part of a massive security operation across the country after captured Hizbullah militants started providing police with a flood of information.

    The discovery of the bodies buried beneath the basement of a luxury villa in the central conservative city of Konya raised the death toll of Hizbullah's atrocities to 17.

    Security forces traded machine-gun fire with Hizbullah terrorists in a pitched battle at an Istanbul house on Monday ending when police stormed the building and shot dead Hizbullah leader Huseyin Velioglu.

    That led them to a small house in a poor district nearby where forensic teams found 10 corpses, naked with their hands and feet bound, buried in the garden and below a coal-bunker.

    Two days later, three more bodies were found similarly killed in the capital Ankara. Police said the victims had been tortured to death. Hizbullah had filmed the gruesome murders.

    Some 150 suspected Hizbullah militants were detained on Friday and Saturday in police raids in southeastern Turkey where Hizbullah first originated, police reported.

    Meanwhile, in Ankara police discovered a Hizbullah mole in the prime ministry. Police detained a civil servant identified as Abdulsamet Yildiz who had been in charge of monitoring the traffic of all the official cars including those of the cabinet members. The suspect was picked up by police as part of a crackdown against the Hizbullah, authorities said. They said the suspect spent his holidays in southeastern Turkey.

    In a related development Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit told reporters Saturday that it is possible that Hizbullah has infiltrated state departments and these will be discovered as the probe against the terrorist organization deepens.

    Hizbullah, thought to be unconnected with the pro-Iranian Lebanese organization of a similar name, seeks to set up an Islamic republic ruled by strict Sharia religious law in secular but overwhelmingly Moslem Turkey.

    Hizbullah began life in the late 1980s in Turkey's turbulent southeast. It targeted supporters of Abdullah Ocalan's Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatist militants, leading many to accuse them of being state-sponsored contra-guerrillas.

    Prime Minister Ecevit said such reports that Hizbullah had been used by state officials against the PKK "I do not have much to say without concrete evidence. However, in recent years we know this has not been the case."

    In a related development main opposition Virtue Party Deputy Chairman Lutfu Esengun said a proper investigation has to be launched into allegations that Hizbullah has been sheltered and encouraged by some state officials.

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