Four United States airmen were freed in Turkey today (Monday, 8 March) after being kidnapped and held to ransom.
CU stop sign PAN to troops checking car.
MLS cars arriving at checkpoint PAN to boot of car being searched.
MS lorry being searched.
MS Man opening boot of car and policeman checking.
LS Car passing through checkpoint.
MS Boot of another car being checked.
LS American Air Force base and car parking.
POLICE STOPPING AND SEARCHING CARS; VEHICLES PASSING THROUGH CHECKPOINT; AIR FORCE BASE WHERE KIDNAPPED MEN ARE STATIONED.
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Background: Four United States airmen were freed in Turkey today (Monday, 8 March) after being kidnapped and held to ransom. A massive manhunt involving 30,000 Turkish police and troops had been mounted in and around the capital, Ankara, for the airmen who were kidnapped last Thursday. An extremist group calling itself the Turkish People's Liberation Army demanded a 400,00 dollar (GBP166,000 sterling) ransom for the men by Saturday (6 March). An official spokesman replied that the Government was determined not to meet the ransom demand even though the kidnappers threatened to shoot the airmen. Tonight a brief announcement said the four men had been freed unharmed and were back with their unit at Balgat Base. Details of their release were not given immediately. The United States Ambassador to Turkey, Mr. William Handley, expressed relief that a "senseless tragedy" had been averted.
SYNOPSIS: Cars ware stopped and searched in Ankara on Monday in a massive airmen kidnapped last Thursday. An extremist group calling itself the Turkish Liberation Army demanded 166 thousand pounds for the men by Saturday - and threatened to shoot them if the demand was not met.
A thorough check was made of all cars passing along this road. Nearly 30,000 police and troops were involved in the search. The Turkish Government defied the death threat to the four men and said it would no pay the ramsom money. Letters in the Americans' handwriting were received on Friday saying they were in considerable danger. Then, on Monday night, it was suddenly announced that the four airmen had been freed unharmed.
The Americans returned to their unit at Balgat Base. And the United States Ambassador expressed relief that a "senseless tragedy" had been averted.