OPINION

November 3,1958

BLOODSHED IN CYPRUS: Nicosia, 31 – A British citizen was killed today in Famagusta, bringing to 131 the number of Britons killed since the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA) began its operations on the island three-and-a-half years ago. The deceased man was Brian Edward Pierce, 17, the son of a British soldier serving in Cyprus. He was shot while on his way to work at a military camp. A military patrol found his body, which had gunshots to the head and chest, near an orange grove. As soon as the news of his death reached Nicosia, British soldiers entered the town and, with the help of police dogs, began searching people in the main streets around the area which is known as «death mile.» According to reliable sources, the youth was shot by EOKA men. According to official figures, during the month of October, 44 people were killed, including 16 Britons, with another 370 injured, 89 of them British, during the fighting. During the same period, there were over 200 attacks on British forces. Since the time the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization began its operations, on April 1, 1955, a total 629 people have been killed.