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The Voice of the Martyrs learned this morning that the bodies of three people, including a German, were found with their throats slit at the offices of "Zirve," a Turkish Bible publisher in the southeastern city of Malatya. The victims were found with their hands and feet bound. Two of the dead were reportedly employees of the publishing house. A fourth man died after jumping from the third floor. Police are investigating to determine whether he was one of the assailants. According to Reuters, four people were detained in connection with the attack. One other victim has reportedly been taken to hospital with stab wounds. An official from the publishing house, which also prints other Christian literature, told local television that they had received threats over its publications.

Pray for those who are in hospital. Pray that God would comfort the families of those who have been killed. Pray for Turkish believers who are increasingly under attack.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Turkey, click here.

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Country Information

Population
81,257,239 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Turkish (70-75), Kurdish (19), other minorities (7-12)

Religion (%)
Islam (99.8), other (0.2)

Leader
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Civil law system derived from various European continental legal systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Turkey

Prayerfully uphold those who have had their churches and places of worship taken over by a government that does not represent their beliefs, values or ordinances. Ask the Lord to oversee the mediation process as church officials and government representatives endeavour to work out a solution that is both honouring to Him and fair to all the members of the various churches. Despite the challenges experienced by the believers of this country, may they have a sense of God's reassuring presence and peace, knowing that one day He will reign supremely and justly over the entire earth.

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