HC Deb 27 March 1905 vol 143 cc1189-90
MR. CHARLES ALLEN (Gloucestershire, Stroud)

On behalf of the hon. Member for West Donegal, I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any official information to the effect that a band of thirty-one komitajis, under their leader Apostol, was recently exterminated in the Salonica district, and that the Austrian officer who visited the scene has reported that all the corpses were mutilated.


It appears that an encounter at the village of Smol between the Turkish troops and a band of about forty komitajis resulted in nine casualties to the former, and the extermination of the band, with the exception of the leader Apostol and four others who escaped. A Russian gendarmerie officer was a witness of the engagement, and His Majesty's Consul reports, as a satisfactory feature, the fact that discipline was enforced among the troops and that no damage was inflicted upon either the village or its inhabitants.


Were the bodies mutilated?


I am not aware.