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MURDER AT BROKEN HILL

, ARMED TURKS . FIRE ON PICNIC TRAIN. FOUR FEOPI.E KILLED, SEVEN INJURED. TWO OF THE ASSAILANTS SHOT, CONSTABLE WOUNDED. Press Association—By Telegraph.—Copyright. SYDNEY, January 1. A sensational affair lias occurred at -Irokeu TJill. Tl'" 1 Inspectur-Coneral of Police this afternoon received the following: report from Inspector Miller:— Two colored men, either Turks or Afghans, armed with lifles. fired at a picnic train laden with men, women, and children en routo to Silvertnn. just: outside Broken Hill, thia forenoon, killing and wounding several. The police went in pursuit of the ofi'ondeis, vim took refuge amongst some rocks on a hill. They tired at the- police, wounding Constable MilU. Tho offenders ncre finally shot down. <hn> ua> killed and tho other wounded. SOME PARTICULARS. SYDNEY. January 1. Tt is stated that tin* train was crowded ■with members of thu Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, on route for tho annual picnic. When three miles from Broken Mill p:i singers icon* startled by the sound of shots, and saw a can flying a red Hag with a star and crescent standing near the line. In it were- two turbaned men rapidly firing rifle*. Soon the position was realised, ami the train wa-, pulled back inio tin* ssafety zone. Some passengers raced back to the scene ol the tiring, but the attackers had tied to a refuge on a rocky hill in tin* vicinity. Tii« Hag and cart were seized. When news of the outrage reached Broken Hill a number of the local infantry riflemen and police, fully armed, "-eonrr-d the country. Discovering the fugitives, they opened tire. After' several volleys one of the Turks dropped dead, and the other, who was wounded, w ns oantured when .seeking fresh cuver. -\ third Turk put in an appearance, and was taken prisoner. On their arrival ar Broken ITill the enraged crowd tried to lynch the prisoners. An <ne-witm*.-s aboard tho tiain observed puffs of smoke and heard annuls of firing. IL* at first thought that someone was practising tiring : but when hullets hit the train in ail directions, and he saw- the Turkish tlag he IvTre'w that ic -»v.''s Ft>nirzhJn£ more serious. One man jumped from tile train with a view of informing tho police. Tho Turks, tinned to fire at him, but ho eseaned. The attackers renewed their firing at the- train as it moved out of danger. So far as is known, four persons were killed : William Shaw, sanitary foreman, Broken Hill. Miss M'Cowie, of South Australia. Mr Millard, an employee of the Umberumberka Company. James Greig. All were shot through the head. Seven persons were wounded. 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(Ii) Alraa f rockti {j4i Po<=«* ( i ibbe (30) 1 lon tab'p Mill die cox>«t tbl s iv. ju s a e iot c i ittl A HOL UGHI SI DM 1 Tamiar-v 2 Ihe assadanU hrtd 20 tt 30si oti Hhtn i i a trm w i tf»lq honed the polite mspec t de pat hfd two motot tits a t tte of nmel nich who toll wed th t icka of the lurks along the «ft,tnn out nirt"? of the town Ainving tt i point ti- the fable H tel two men weie setu tmongot the i >cks on the hill but not sir, jetting the-v were tht Iuxl« th-» was about to m ike ii qutnes w hen the} stiddenh opei ed hie Mills was struik b\ two bullets liring commented on both eides and soon a numbei of aimed tuduns joined ti th fight The attickmg put\ sptead cat on the tdjoming hills and pouted iht t r e into the enem*. s losition The lurks Tettrned tht tiro at short range without effect. The battle did not last long. At 1 o'clock the attackers rushed the Turks' stronghold, and found both men lying on tho ground behind a shelter, having received many wounds. POLICE RUN OUT OF AMMUNITION. SYDNEY", January 2. During the fight the police ran short of ammunition, and Sergeant Gibson made a perilous journey to the rear of tha Cable Hotel to obtain fresh supplies. The police established the identity of the Turks. One was killed outright. He was Muila Abdulla. aged 60, a butcher, and was recently convicted of slaughtering sheep on. unlicensed premises. The other (Gool Mahomed) died en route to the hospital. It is believed that he was an ice cream vendor.

Abdulla carried a Snider rifle and a home-made bandolier for 48 cartridges. Twenty-six of the pockets were empty. He also rsossessed a revolver and cartridges, and a new knife in a sheath. Mahomed's rifle was a Martini-Henry. When the constable was shot Walshama A'son, a Punjabi from Peshawar, faced the fire and earned -water to the wounded cumtable. Khan Bahader. a camel-owner, contributed largely to the defeat. Ilis residence near the Cable Hotel was used by the police a-, a cover fur shooting through the windows. The marks on the railway carriage suggest that esj>aiidyi£ bullets were used.

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MURDER AT BROKEN HILL, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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