Turk Claims Israeli Embassy Killing

Published May 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An Islamic militant, Ferhan Ozman, arrested in Turkey more than two weeks ago, allegedly confessed to the murder of an Israeli Embassy security officer in Ankara in 1992, Haaretz reported Sunday.  

It said Ozman allegedly confessed to the car-bomb killing of Ehud Sadan, as well as the wounding of Yehuda Yaron, the leader of Ankara's tiny Jewish community, in a car bomb attack in 1995. 

Ozman also accepted responsibility for other murders committed by Islamic militants on behalf of Iran during the past decade. Among his alleged victims were an American soldier and an Egyptian diplomat, as well as Turks opposed to radical Islam, the daily said. 

Following Ozman's alleged confessions, Turkish police embarked on a series of raids around the country, in which four suspected Islamic militants were killed and eight others were captured on Friday night, added the daily. 

Ozman's alleged confessions, which were released by police after the Turkish news agency Anatolia on Friday reported the development, shed light on a series of assassinations and attacks in Ankara that had been blamed on radical Islamic groups aiming to destabilize the Turkish government, Haaretz said. 

Ozman told investigators that he carried out the attacks on orders from Iran, where he received training in explosives; however, Iran denied the charges, Haaretz said - Albawaba.com  


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