Turkey: Three killed at Bible publishing house

April 18, 2007 15:26


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Attackers killed three people Wednesday at a publishing house that had been the subject of protests for distributing Bibles in Turkey, the government-run Anatolia news agency reported. Police were giving no immediate information about the attack. Dogan news agency said, however, that the three people killed had their throats slit. It said a fourth person jumped from a window to escape the attack, and was hospitalized with injuries. Anatolia also said one person was hospitalized with a throat injury but later died. The Zirve publishing house in the city of Malatya has been the site of previous protests by nationalists accusing it of proselytizing in this mostly Muslim but secular country, Dogan reported. Turks are considered moderately religious, however, and view proselytizers with suspicion. Many are detained and extradited.

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