TERRORISM: Ransoms for Revolution

Kidnaping is on the rise in widely scattered corners of the world. For urban guerrillas, it has proved an effective method of springing fellow terrorists from prison, or of collecting huge ransoms with which to fatten revolutionary war chests.

IN TURKEY, an ambitious plot was carried out by kidnapers who identified themselves as members of the Turkish People's Liberation Army—a previously unknown group probably related to a Maoist student organization called the Dev-genc (TIME, March 1). The kidnapers seized four U.S. servicemen near Ankara and demanded $400,000: otherwise, they said, their American prisoners would be executed by a firing squad.


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