Prosecutor, 2 Kidnappers Dead in Turkish Hostage Drama – Voice of America

A day-long hostage drama in Turkey ended Tuesday with two kidnappers and their hostage dead.

Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz died during surgery for gunshot wounds.

Two members of a banned leftist group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, seized Kiraz in his Istanbul courthouse office early Tuesday.

They demanded police and others they hold responsible for the death of a 15-year-old protester confess and be put on trial.

Police stormed the prosecutor’s office after hearing gunshots. They had been trying for about six hours to negotiate Kiraz’s freedom.

Turkey, the European Union, and United States regard the leftist group as a terrorist organization.


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