A Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester was taken hostage by an armed group at an Istanbul courthouse, Turkish media reported.
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.
Gunfire was heard at the courthouse, the Dogan news agency reported.
Armed men belonging to the leftist group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP/C) reportedly threatened to kill Kiraz if the officer who shot Berkin was not arrested.
The group set a deadline for 15:35 local time for their demands to be met, local media reported.
Turkish news channel NTV showed photos on its website of a an armed man holding a gun to the prosecutors head while his hands were tied.
Special forces were dispatched to the courthouse to counter the hostage situation.