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Prosecutor dies of wounds after Istanbul hostage shootout

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 01:13

An Istanbul prosecutor died from his wounds after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left Turkish group took him hostage. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Authorities say an Istanbul prosecutor -- seen here with his captors -- has died from his injuries in a hostage standoff between a far-left Turkish group and security forces. His two captors were also killed in the operation. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz had been shot three times in the head and twice in the body. He died despite being rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. Kiraz was leading an investigation into the recent death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died after nine months in a coma from a head wound sustained in anti-government protests. Threatening to kill the prosecutor, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front demanded that the police officer IT blames for Elvan's death to confess on television. ...and charges dropped for those who attended protests for Elvan. Six hours after the standoff began, witnesses say they heard explosions and gunfire coming from the building -- leading to the prosecutor's death.

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Prosecutor dies of wounds after Istanbul hostage shootout

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 01:13