By Tom Westcott.
Tripoli, 28 December 2013:
Relatives and close friends of Turkish Airlines employees killed and injured at the airline’s . . .[restrict]Tripoli office are being flown to Tripoli, along with a medical team, on a specially-prepared aircraft.
Accounts Manager U?ur Tezcan was killed and Sales and Marketing Manager Nadide Nur Duman seriously injured in the violent attack on Thursday evening, a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to the Libya Herald. Duman remains in a hospital in the capital.
The incident, which took place at the airline’s office in Tripoli Tower, was part of a robbery, the spokesperson said. He added that Libyan security forces and the Turkish embassy were following up the violent attack.
The Turkish Airlines office is on the 16th floor of Tripoli Tower, which houses forty or fifty businesses, including British Airways, Air Malta and Lufthansa.
The attack was described as opportunistic by an employee at another business in the building. He said he understood the incident had taken place after workmen, believed to be non-nationals, saw the staff members putting large amounts of cash into a safe. Tezcan and Duman were then attacked with a metal bar, he said.
Duman was reportedly able to give a statement to police about the incident when she came round in hospital.
Turkish Airlines expressed its condolences to Tezcan’s friends and family and wished a speedy recovery to Duman. [/restrict]