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Hostage crisis: Turkish prosecutor, two gunmen killed in shootout

  • The hostage crisis in Turkey came to a bloody end with a prosecutor and the two gunmen holding him hostage killed after special forces entered the Istanbul courthouse.

    The hostage, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was the leading the investigation into the death of a 14-year-boy during the 2013 anti-government demonstrations. 

    A banned far-left group is believed to be responsible for taking him hostage.

    The chief of the Istanbul police Selami Altunok said that the authorities negotiated with the hostage-takers for six hours but had to finally storm the building when gunshots were heard “from inside the prosecutor's office”.

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