Remembering Turkish Military Attaché Colonel Atilla Altıkat

Ottawa, ON – On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Canadians will once again gather to remember the Turkish military attaché Colonel Atilla Altıkat, who was gunned down by Armenian terrorists in Ottawa thirty-five years ago. Colonel Altıkat was the first and only victim of international terrorism on Canadian soil. Canadians of Turkish origin call on all relevant agencies and political leaders to stand firmly against extremism and work to bring the terrorists to justice.

The Council of Turkish Canadians (CTC) invites all peace-loving Canadians, officials, politicians and members of the news media to Altıkat and Fallen Diplomats Memorial Service. The service will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 between 14:00-15:00 hours in front of the Fallen Diplomats Monument at the Corner of Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Island Park Drive, Ottawa.

On the morning of August 27, 1982, while driving to work, Colonel Altıkat, a loving husband and father of two, was shot 10 times at point blank range. An Armenian terrorist organization claimed the responsibility for the assassination. In spite of some leads by journalists and others, no arrests have been made to date and the murderers remain at large.

Between 1973 and 1986, Armenian terrorist attacks took 70 innocent lives around the world, 31 of whom were Turkish diplomats, and wounded 524 officals and innocent bystanders. A Canadian security officer, Claude Brunelle was also killed when three heavily armed Armenian terrorists stormed the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa in 1985. All these in an attempt to impose upon the world their version of the history and to achieve self-defined nationalistic goals.

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