School principal’s office subject to arson attack in southeastern Turkey

SANLIURFA: The office of a school principal in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa was subject to an arson attack by unknown persons at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, the Cihan news agency has reported.

The incident took place in an imam-hatip, or religious, high school in the Suruc district. Suruc municipality firefighters immediately intervened to fight the fire and managed to extinguish it within a short time. A large portion of the principal’s office was reportedly left unusable after the incident.

Computers, official school documents and the electrical system in the room were entirely destroyed. According to Cihan, the arsonists also tore down the room’s CCTV cameras and carried them off.

Following the incident, the director of education in Suruc, Mahmut Demirbilek, went to the school to examine the crime scene.

The school’s principal, Osman Oktun, told Cihan that the financial damage from the arson attack amounts to at least TL 60,000.

A criminal investigation has been launched into the incident in order to find the arsonists, based on a match to a fingerprint found at the scene.