Gunbattle breaks out at Istanbul courthouse

One injured, 8 arrested at Caglayan courthouse as rival sides in murder trial exchange fire 

Gunbattle breaks out at Istanbul courthouse

World Bulletin / News Desk

Eight people were arrested after a shootout at Istanbul's Caglayan courthouse on Thursday.

The gunbattle broke out between rival sides in a murder trial which was ongoing at the courthouse.

An injured person was taken to hospital by medical teams. A child was also taken to hospital, but it was unclear if it was a case of shock or physical injury.

Police are searching for anyone else involved in the fracas.

Caglayan courthouse, one of the largest in Turkey, was at the center of a major incident in March 2015 when members of the leftist DHKP-C terror group seized and killed a prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz. 

Kiraz, 46, was taken hostage in the Caglayan complex but was shot dead by his captors after six hours of negotiations.

The two hostage-takers, who released photographs of Kiraz with a pistol pointed at his head during the siege, were killed by the security forces. World Bulletin / News Desk

Last Mod: 21 Eylül 2017, 13:05
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