Turkish prosecutor taken hostage dies; captors killed in shootout

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ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 31 (UPI) — A Turkish prosecutor taken hostage by members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front died Tuesday after being shot multiple times.


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The president told state-run news agency Anadolu Agency prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body after the eight-hour standoff came to an end.

Kiraz died at the hospital, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Two hostage takers were killed in a firefight with police.

“We conducted negotiations for eight hours,” Istanbul police chief Selami Altinok said. “Our security forces launched the operation after gunshots were heard from the prosecutor’s room while the militants were speaking on the phone with authorities during the negotiations.”

Kiraz was investigating the death of Berkin Elvan, who was in a coma for nine months after he was struck by a teargas canister

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