Hungarian troops marching in nearby
|Date||13/14 September 1940 |
|Deaths||between 152–158 |
The events of the Ip massacre escalated in the early hours of 14 September 1940, in
On 13 September the military commander of the district of Szilágysomlyó (present-day
After the reconnaissance 18 suspicious persons were found and 16 had been executed, according to the official reports, because of their attempts to desert. Overnight, the Hungarian troops were residing in the local school when they were shot at from the street with a machine gun around 03:00 AM (some witnesses attested that the shootings came from a flat in the center, and five persons with machine guns were captured). In retaliation, between 152 and 158 ethnic Romanians were killed. Some sources have stated that the Hungarian Army was supported by local vigilantes.
In practice the soldiers in panic went house by house and shot everybody indiscriminately. On 14 September, in Somlyócsehi (present-day Cehei), one person was killed. In the nearby Felsőkaznacs and Szilágcseres forests (present-day Cosniciu de Sus and Cerișa) 55 persons were killed. According to some other sources, the area most affected was Sălaj, where 477 Romanians were massacred.