Three suspects who allegedly killed Syrian bishops captured in Turkey
KONYA - Doğan News Agency
Tuesday,July 23 2013
Three suspects have been detained and released in the Anatolian province
of Konya after being suspected of killing Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Bishop
Boulos Yaziji and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim, who were
kidnapped by armed men in Syria.
However, the nephew of the one of the bishops has previously denied
rumors his uncle had been killed after the circulation of an undated
video showing two Christians, including a bishop, being brutally killed.
Fadi Hurigil, the head of the Antakya Orthodox Church Foundation, also
said they were sure that the bishops in the video were not Yaziji or
An operation was launched after information was obtained saying the
suspects had illegally entered Turkey. A woman, identified as Fatim M.,
and two men, identified as Mohammed A. and Ahmad R, were reportedly
captured by police conducting security check on a highway between Konya
and Ankara. The three suspects, reportedly Russian, Syrian and Chechen
citizens, were sent back to their countries after official procedures
Bishop Boulos Yaziji and Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on April
22 in Syria by armed men en route from the Turkish border.