Rights group calls for probe into Istanbul killings

Amnesty International calls for prompt investigation into the deaths of Ugur Kurt and Ayhan Yilmaz following clashes in Istanbul

Rights group calls for probe into Istanbul killings

World Bulletin/News Desk

Human rights group Amnesty International has called for an immediate and independent investigation into the deaths of two people following clashes between security forces and protestors in Istanbul.

Two men died of their injuries they received on Thursday during protests in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul.

Ugur Kurt, 30, was attending a funeral procession in a prayer house, which is close to the scene of demonstrations, when he got hit by a stray bullet in the head on Thursday afternoon. He was immediately taken to hospital but doctors' efforts failed to save him.

Another person, identified as Ayhan Yilmaz, died on Friday of injuries caused by an explosive that blasted near him amid clashes between police and protestors.

"Amnesty International calls on the authorities to ensure that prompt, effective, and impartial investigations are undertaken into the full circumstances of both deaths," the rights group said in a written statement Friday.

Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu announced Friday that an investigation had been launched into the deaths of the two men. 

Last Mod: 24 Mayıs 2014, 09:40
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