Kidnapped Priest Rescued in Southeast Turkey

ISTANBUL (Armenpress)–A Syriac Christian priest kidnapped this week in southeast Turkey has been rescued in an operation by security forces, Turkish television stations reported on Friday.
Unknown assailants ambushed Daniel Savci’s car on Wednesday as the 55-year-old priest was traveling to the Mor Yakup monastery near the town of Midyat.
The kidnappers were reported to have sought a ransom of 300,000 euros ($442,400) for his release.
CNN Turk said the priest was rescued in the southeastern province of Batman. Most of Turkey’s 75 million people are Muslim and it has barely 100,000 Christians, mostly of Greek and Armenian origin. The community has recently been the target of attacks.
Three Christians, two Turks and a German, had their throats slit by youths who burst into their Bible publishing house in the southeastern town of Malatya in April.
Turkish Armenian writer Hrant Dink was murdered in Istanbul in January by a young nationalist gunman and an Italian Catholic priest was killed in his church by a youth in Trabzon in 2006.

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