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HDN | 10/22/1996 12:00:00 AM |

By Hakan Aslaneli / Turkish Daily News ISTANBUL- In the early hours of Sunday morning Istanbul, a city used to violent death, witnessed one of its most bloody murders in years. Abdullah Aydin, a hawker, along with two other persons, killed his estranged wife, Nuran Aydin, and nine of her relatives in the Istanbul suburb of Esenler. The murder, described as a matter of honor, has been likened to a terrorist massacre. A family of 10 persons, who had come to Istanbul from Siirt in the south east of Turkey

By Hakan Aslaneli / Turkish Daily News

ISTANBUL- In the early hours of Sunday morning Istanbul, a city used to violent death, witnessed one of its most bloody murders in years. Abdullah Aydin, a hawker, along with two other persons, killed his estranged wife, Nuran Aydin, and nine of her relatives in the Istanbul suburb of Esenler.

The murder, described as a matter of honor, has been likened to a terrorist massacre. A family of 10 persons, who had come to Istanbul from Siirt in the south east of Turkey two years ago, was cut down with automatic weapons. According tothe accounts from police, the event unfolded thus:

"Abdullah Aydin learnt that his wife, who was separated from him and had moved to her mother's house with her three children, was having a relationship with another man. Aydin, deciding to take his revenge on his wife and her family, started to wait in front of the house located in Aydin Esenler Kazim Karabekir Street.

"The husband, seeing two unknown men entering the house, attacked the house at 4.00 a.m. with his two friends wearing snow masks. In the attack 10 persons in the house were murdered with tens of bullets. The inhabitants of the quarter called the police upon hearing the noises coming from the basement-flat of the two-floor building.

A police spokesman said the officers were shocked by the scene when they entered the flat, comparing it to an attack by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Abdullah Aydin and his two unnamed accomplices are still at large and are the subject of a widespread manhunt.Kalashnikovs in Istanbul

Another question that the police are seeking to answer how Russian made Kalashnikovs, known to be the preferred weapon the PKK, were used in the massacre. The fact that Abdullah Aydin and members of his family were working as forest guards in Siirt's Eruh region before coming to Istanbul, is considered as a clue. Many of these guards didn't return their guns to the security forces at the end of their mission, and some have links with the outlawed PKK, with a possible exchange of arms being suggested. Children are the only witnesses

Three children, from the marriage of Abdullah and Nuran Aydin, are the only witnesses of the terrific massacre. They spoke of the event at the local police center. Ersan, Nurcan and Vedat Aydin had been living with their mother in the same house. The children's statement is as follows:

"We were at home with our mother, aunt and our relatives. Than two men unknown to us came to the house and they started to have fun. Suddenly he heard a noise. It was our father who came. He took us out of the house. There were also two other men with him. Then we started to hear gun noises from the house. Five minutes later our father and the two men came out and took us to our grandmother's house."

The police forces, having failed to locate the three accused in their searches of the area, have widened their sweep to include the city's train and bus stations. However, they suspect that the murderers could have left the city.

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