These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on July 10, 2008. Hurriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
--THAT IS THE BITTER END!
Three policemen martyred and three terrorists were killed in an armed attack against United States Consulate in
Names of the three terrorists who were killed were disclosed as Raif Topcil, Erhan Kargin and Bulent Cinar.
--PKK ABDUCTS THREE GERMAN CLIMBERS
Five PKK terrorists abducted the of the 13-person German climbing team who were ascendng
--SURPRISE LUNCH AT THE PALACE
President Abdullah Gul will have a lunch with former Chief of General Staff Hilmi Ozkok. Ozkok earlier made statements to the reporters hinting that President Gul had to intervene about the recent developments.
--RAID TO THE CASTLE
Terrorists who tried to raid the U.S. Consulate General in
Police officer Dagli and the driver of a police tow truck were wounded at the shootout which lasted three minutes. The stolen vehicle with which the fourth assailant escaped was found empty, Wednesday night. The police said they identified the runaway assailant and it was a matter of time before he would be caught.
--"DASTARDLY AND COWARDLY"
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson said Wednesday's armed attack was a terrorist attack carried out dastardly and cowardly. Answering a question, Ross Wilson said there was no information at hand, connecting the attack to operation Ergenkon.
--AL QAEDA AFTER FIVE YEARS
Al Qaeda, who caused bloodshed in
Three terrorists, one of them with a beard, got out of the car opened gunfire on the police box. Three policemen were martyred in the shootout that lasted for eight minutes. Injured policeman Osman Dagli killed three terrorists.
Efforts are underway to capture the forth terrorists who fled after the attack.
--SURPRISE GUEST TO
President Abdullah Gul will meet with former Chief of General Staff Hilmi Ozkok today who earlier wanted Gul to intervene in the developments to ease the tension in
Three of the four Turkish al Qaeda terrorists, who attacked U.S. Consulate General in
The 7-minute clash left two "sensitive" questions to be answered. The first was why the
The second question was why they did not take the injured policeman inside the consulate. Governor's Office said the gates were automatically closed in the alarm.
--PKK KIDNAPPED THREE GERMAN TOURISTS
A 13-person German tourist group climbed
Lars Holger Renne (33), Martin George (49), and Helmut Johann (65) were the German tourists that were abducted. Terrorists said, "We will free them in a few days", while leaving the camp.
--PKK RAIDS MOUNTAINEER CAMP
The terrorist organization, PKK raided the camp of a group of 13 German mountaineers who were climbing
President Abdullah Gul will meet on Thursday, former General Staff Chief Ret. Gen. Hilmi Ozkok. It was Gul who made the invitation for the meeting last week. Ozkok's remarks following detention of retired generals, Sener Erygur and Hursit Tolon, have been appearing in the media for the past couple of days.
--SUICIDE ATTACK TO
The street was pretty crowded due to visa applications and a nearby Koran course. Police Officers Nedim Calik, Mehmet Onder Sacmalioglu and Erdal Oztas were martyred, two others wounded, and three terrorists were killed. The fourth terrorist who drove the car escaped.
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson expressed his country’s gratitude to Turkish police for their efforts to guard and said, "Our two countries stand together in the fight against international terrorism."
Sean McCormack, spokesman of the U.S. State Department, said they appreciated Turkish policemen's courage to protect American diplomats. The EU also condemned the attack and expressed its condolences.
The assailant took the weapon from the injured police officer and shot him twice in the head. A traffic police team that was near the scene of the attacked opened fire against the terrorists that were about to flee the scene. Three assailants were killed.
--TURKISH SECURITY TEAMS WARNED
Turkish security teams warned U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson that the attack could take place. It was said that a general security warning was made that an attack could take place against
Security units did not describe the attack as "a surprise" and said they warned
President Abdullah Gul will meet with former Chief of General Staff Hilmi Ozkok today. Ergenekon and coup allegations may take place at the appointment in Palace.