Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Turkey: Japanese Women Stabbed by Unidentified Assailant While Walking in the Zemi Valley

According to The Hurriyet Daily News, gendarmerie units are investigating the September 9 attack on two female Japanese tourists, Mai Kurkiharac and Hoshie Teramatsu, both 22,  were attacked by an assailant armed with a knife while walking in the Zemi Valley.

The two women were attacked during a trip to the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir’s Göreme village, leaving Kurkiharac dead and Teramatsu seriously wounded. 

Cappadocia is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is famous for  its lunar landscape, cone-shaped volcanic rock formations, rock-carved  underground cities and early Christian churches.

The Hurriyet Daily News report did not reveal the motive for the attack or the identity of the assailant.

COMMENT: On Monday (September 9), a group of tourists discovered Kurkiharac’s dead body, along with the Teramatsu who was transferred to the Nevşehir Public Hospital, where she underwent surgery. 

The surgical operation was successful and Teramatsu’s situation is now in stable condition and has been restored to consciousness, according to The Anadolu Agency news agency. 

It is hoped that that a description of the assailant, the apparent motive for the attack and other leads can be learned from Teramatsu at such time as investigators are able interview her.

Japanese Embassy officials in Ankara reported that an autopsy is being conducted on Ms. Kurkiharac remains.

Nevşehir Gov. Mehmet Ceylan condemned the attack, vowing to apprehend the perpetrators as soon as possible.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.