Turkish security forces have carried out an operation to rescue a prosecutor held captive at an Istanbul courthouse, killing the two hostage-takers.
Selami Altiok, the city’s police chief, said in a news conference on Tuesday that the attackers had been shot dead and that prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was critically wounded during the operation. Kiraz later died at the hospital.
Mehmet Selim Kiraz was investigating the killing of Berkin Elvan, who died in March last year after spending 269 days in a coma due to injuries inflicted by police in the mass protests of early summer 2013.
The hostage-takers, who belonged to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP/C), an outlawed leftist group, had announced a list of demands for the release of the prosecutor, saying that the officer who shot Elvan must appear on TV and confess his guilt.
Altiok said that police had been in communication with the armed men for six hours prior to the operation.
“After gunshots were heard from the room, security forces carried out the operation,” Altiok added.
Gunshots and blasts were heard outside the courthouse during the operation, according to witnesses.