Assassins Kill Turkish Military Adviser
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Gunmen killed the chief adviser to the prime minister’s office Wednesday and a statement found nearby claimed responsibility for a leftist group involved in recent terrorism, officials reported.
Police said three assailants fired five shots, fatally wounding retired Lt. Gen. Hulusi Sayin as he and his wife left their car Wednesday evening outside their home in the heart of the capital. The killers escaped on foot.
Sayin, 64, was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead on arrival, the police said. His wife escaped injury.
Authorities said they found statements at the scene from a separatist Kurdish organization, the Kurdistan National Liberation Organization, and an underground communist group, Marxist Dev Sol.
A senior Turkish security officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said investigators were looking into the Kurdish connection, but ″the latest information we have received indicates that Dev Sol may be responsible.″
Later, Dev Sol claimed responsibility for the killing in a telephone call to the Istanbul newspaper Milliyet. The caller called the assassinated officer ″the worst enemy of the Kurdish people″ and a ″fascist.″
Kurds make up more than 10 million of the Turkish population of 57 million. The main Turkish Kurdish group fighting for an independent state is the Kurdish Labor Party or PKK, a Marxist group.
Dev Sol, or Revolutionary Left, has claimed responsibility for recent bombings, including some in Turkey’s three largest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir - in a wave of terrorism protesting Turkey’s support for the war against Iraq.
Sayin retired from the military in 1989 and took the post in the prime minister’s office. He was born in 1926 and graduated from the Turkish War Academy in 1948.