By: David Rice Re: A Robertson Wet Dream ISTANBUL, Turkey (ITN) Unidentified gunmen raided
By: David Rice
Re: A Robertson Wet Dream
ISTANBUL, Turkey (ITN) * Unidentified gunmen raided four
coffeehouses and a pastry shop, killing at least one person
and wounding 25 others Sunday in apparent attacks against an
Islamic group, Turkish television reported.
The attacks occurred in the Gaziosmanpasa district, a
low-income neighborhood inhabited mostly by Alawites, members
of a Muslim sect that supports Turkey's secular government.
Two Islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups -- the Great
Eastern Islamic Raiders Front and the Turkish Revenge Brigade
-- claimed responsibility in telephone calls to a local daily
Automatic weapons-fire sprayed the coffeehouses at their peak
time, when patrons were watching televised soccer matches.
The gunmen also killed the driver of a cab they used to
escape from the scene, the television report said.
Afterwards, Gaziosmanpasa residents wielding sticks and
stones surrounded a police station and barred security forces
from entering the neighborhood.
They blamed police for not reaching Gaziosmanpasa for more
than an hour after the attack.
Thousands of Alawites from elsewhere in this city of 12
million headed for the neighborhood, too. Protesters clashed
with police, who fired into the air to disperse the crowd.
Two demonstrators and two policemen were reported injured.
Alawites have been at odds with the city's mayor since a
Muslim fundamentalist party won local elections last March.
The mayor has attempted to close down the Alawites' mosques.
Alawites are believed to comprise a third of Turkey's 60
Sounds like a "Pat" Robertson wet dream.
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