Turkish commandos stop Gulf of Izmit ferry hijack

by Alister POOLE on November 14, 2011

Turkish security forces have managed to kill a hijacker who on Friday seized a ferry off the east coast close to Istanbul.

A team of anti-terrorist commandos headed onto the vessel at dawn before shooting the lone hijacker dead. Thankfully, every one of the 24 passengers and crew were safely rescued after they had been held hostage for over 12 hours, according to officials.

The hijacker claimed that he was carrying a bomb, which later was revealed to be fake. The hijacker is believed to have been a part of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party, known as PKK. One report told of how some passengers plunged into the sea once the raid began.

The governor of Istanbul, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, spoke to reporters and explained that the vessel was boarded and then the assailant was taken out. It was added that the assailant was clearly a member of a terror group – a reference to the PKK. According to Mutlu, the hijacker was around 30 years of age.

The governer of the Kocaeli region in north west Turkey, Ercan Topaca, revealed to the media that a mechanism made up of bottles and wires and designed to look exactly like a bomb, was discovered. AP news agency reports insisted that the hijacker didn’t have a gun on his person.

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