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On this day, in 1896, a handful of Armenian terrorists raided the Ottoman Bank in Istanbul, in what the Armenian scholar Libaridian would later call "The first act of urban terrorism". These terrorists would set an example for similar acts that would follow in the 20th c.,

On this day, in 1896, a handful of Armenian terrorists raided the Ottoman Bank in Istanbul, in what the Armenian scholar Libaridian would later call "The first act of urban terrorism". These terrorists would set an example for similar acts that would follow in the 20th c., such as the taking as hostages, and later killing, of the Israeli Olympic team members during the 1970 Munich Olympiads. Such terrorist acts would always be characterized by taking of hostages and presenting a list of demands, mostly for the release of their cohorts, recognition of their cause, a large sum of money to be paid to them, and safe passage for themselves. Unfortunately, their wish was granted and the terrorists left the bank, escorted by the Russian Embassy's dragoman, taken to the private yacht, Gulnare, of bank governor Sir Edward Vincent, and sailed to France.

The details on how the terrorists escaped are here.