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3 killed in attack on publishing house that prints Bibles in Turkey

ICC Note: 1 person was able to escape the brutal attack but unfortunately 3 people lost their lives.

4/18/07 Turkey For full story…..(International Herald Tribune) 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.

Video footage broadcast on the private NTV news channel showed police tackling one man outside the publishing house, and rescue workers loading another man in a neck brace onto a stretcher.

The attack would be the latest on members of Turkey ‘s tiny Christian community, comprising less than 1 percent of the population.