Man suspected of killing Syrian activist, daughter detained in Turkey

ISTANBUL (dpa) – Police in the north-western Turkish city of Bursa have arrested a man suspected of killing a Syrian opposition activist and her daughter in their Istanbul home last week, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.
Orouba Barakat, 60, and daughter Halla, 22, were found stabbed to death in Istanbul on September 22.

The Dogan news agency identified the detained man as Ahmet Barakat, adding that he was a distant relative of the two victims.
Police had detected him using surveillance footage from the Uskudar neighbourhood where the mother and daughter were killed, Dogan said.
Orouba Barakat, a former member of the opposition Syrian National Council, was known for her backing of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But she was also critical of opposition groups.
Halla Barakat was a journalist with Orient News, a Syrian opposition broadcaster, Turkish media outlets had reported earlier.
This is not the first time opposition figures and journalists from neighbouring war-torn Syria have been targeted in Turkey.
Naji Jerf, a Syrian filmmaker who worked on exposing life under Islamic State control and an outspoken critic of al-Assad, was killed in the south-eastern Turkish province of Gaziantep in 2015.

Sunday, October 1st 2017

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