Magazine article The Christian Century

Murder of Christians in Turkey Condemned

Magazine article The Christian Century

Murder of Christians in Turkey Condemned

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The killing of three Christians at a religious publishing house in eastern Turkey has triggered strong condemnation by U.S. and international church and advocacy groups. Twelve suspects were charged on April 22 with the killings of the three men--Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel, both Turkish Christians, and Tilman Ekkehart Geske, a German national--in slayings that have prompted concerns about the safety of the minority Christian community in Turkey.

"We condemn this act of violence against Turkish Christians. We must find a way of resolving conflict without resorting to these kinds of brutal acts," Geoff Tunnicliffe, international director of the World Evangelical Alliance, said in a statement issued April 20 from New York.

The three victims reportedly died after their throats were slit and they were tied up at the publishing house in the city of Malatya, Turkey. The publishing house, Zirve, had distributed Bibles in the Turkish language and had been the focus of recent protests, the Associated Press reported.

Germany's top Protestant bishop condemned the killings and offered sympathy to the relatives of the victims. …

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