2- Kidnapped priest freed
Diyarbarkar, Turkey: A Syriac Christian priest kidnapped this week in southeast Turkey was released yesterday, a provincial official said. "The priest was released in good condition..." batman province Deputy Governor Aziz Mercan said. Television images showed the bearded priest wiping tears from his eyes and embracing security personnel. "Given the information obtained from the priest, we now know who the perpetrators are, and security forces are tracking them down," said Mercan, who would not give the names of the suspects. Unknown assailants ambushed Daniel Savci's car on Wednesday as the 55 year old priest was travelling to the Mor Yakub monastery near the town of Midyat. The kidnappers were reported to have sought a ransom of 300,000 euros.
Source: Gulf Daily News dated 1/12/07.
1- Turkish Christian priest abducted
A priest from Turkey's Syriac Christian community has been kidnapped
in the country's south-east, officials say.
Edip Daniel Savci's car was reportedly found abandoned near Midyat
town in Mardin province on Wednesday.
A local clergyman had received a phone call demanding a ransom for
his release, the Anatolia news agency said.
Attacks on Turkey's Christian minority have increased recently. A
Catholic priest was shot dead last year and three Protestants were
killed in April.
Five men accused of the attack on the Protestant missionaries went
on trial in the town of Malatya last week.
Turkish police are working to secure the release of the missing
priest, security officials said.
Turkey's Syriac Christian community numbers an estimated 25,000
people and is based mainly in Mardin, in the largely Kurdish south-
east, and in Istanbul.
Syriac Christians are one of the faith's oldest denominations and
are found in modern Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.