Prosecutor dies after being taken hostage in Istanbul

An Istanbul prosecutor has died from his injuries after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left group had taken him hostage, killing his two captors.

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Gunman detained after disturbance at Turkish party office

Police have detained a gunman who entered the office of Turkey's ruling AK Party in Istanbul after he smashed top floor windows and hung out a flag.

Private Dogan news agency initially reported two armed intruders entered the AK Party office.

The security threat occurred a day after a prosecutor in the city was shot dead as police tried to free him from hostage-takers.

'Security threat' in Istanbul after fatal hostage incident

Police are attending the offices of Turkey's ruling AK Party in Istanbul after two armed people were reportedly seen entering the building, a day after a prosecutor died having been taken hostage in the city.

Reuters, citing the private Dogan news agency, said several police cars were outside the building in the Kartal district with the road sealed off.

Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz yesterday died after being injured in a stand-off at a courthouse in the city.

Two of his captors, who were from a far-left group, were killed after security forces stormed the building.


Turkish Foreign minister: Prosecutor dies after stand-off

The Turkish Foreign Minister has said on Twitter that the prosecutor injured in a hostage standoff has died.

The prosecutor was critically injured and two of his captors were killed after security forces stormed the courthouse where a far-left group had taken the prosecutor hostage, Istanbul's police chief said.

Members of Turkish police special forces unit as they prepared to enter the Justice Palace in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Mehmet Selim Kiraz had been shot three times in the head and twice in the body. Kiraz was leading an investigation into the death last March of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died after nine months in a coma from a head wound sustained in anti-government protests.

The leftist group DHKP-C said on its website it wanted the police officer it blames for Elvan's death to confess on television, the officers involved to be tried in "people's courts", and charges against those who attended protests for Elvan to be dropped.

Turkish gunmen killed in hostage rescue shootout

Two members of a banned left-wing group who held a prosecutor hostage in his office inside a courthouse in Istanbul have been killed in a shootout with Turkish police.

Istanbul police chief Selami Altunok said the prosecutor was seriously wounded, and he has been taken to hospital.

Members of special security forces enter the main courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: PA

Police had negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before the violent end to the hostage situation, Altunok said. It was not clear how the assailants sneaked the arms into the courthouse.

Turkish far-left group take prosecutor hostage

Teenager Berkin Elvan died following anti-government protests in Istanbul. Credit: REUTERS/Serkan Senturk

A far-left Turkish group have taken an Istanbul prosecutor hostage and threatened on its website to kill him.

The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) published a picture of the prosecutor with a gun to his head, prompting special forces officers to enter the courthouse as people inside the building were evacuated.

The prosecutor is leading an investigation into the death last year of a teenager, Berkin Elvan, wounded during anti-government protests in June 2013.

Television footage showed special forces officers entering the building.

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