Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Russia after Nemtsov: A dying opposition

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Boko Haram crisis: Chadian President calls on militants' leader to surrender

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Europe on the road to recovery

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The secrets of fashion design

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Facebook versus French courts

Read more

DEBATE

Coughing dragon? China's growth slows amid credit crunch fears (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Coughing dragon? China's growth slows amid credit crunch fears (part 1)

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

2018 'will mark end of banking secrecy in Switzerland': OECD tax chief

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Liberia's president slams Boko Haram's use of female bombers

Read more

Middle east

Shootout between extremist and police leaves three dead

Latest update : 2009-04-27

Police raided an apartment in the Bostanci district of Istanbul to arrest a suspected extremist leader, resulting in the latter's death. A police officer and a civilian also died in the raid, said to be part of a larger anti-PKK sting operation.

AFP -  A suspected left-wing extremist was among three people killed Monday during a six-hour shootout at his Istanbul apartment, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said.
  
A police officer and a civilian were also dead following the drama in the heart of the Asian side of the Turkish metropolis that began when police launched an early-morning raid on the flat.
  
The extremist -- an alleged leader of an underground group known as the Revolutionary Headquarters -- was alone in the premises with a large stockpile of weapons and explosive devices.
  
Resisting arrest, he exchanged gunfire with police who surrounded the building in Bostanci, a busy residential neighbourhood. Specialised police units rushed to the scene, and a number of explosions were heard.
  
The civilian who died was outside the security perimeter when he was hit in the head by a stray bullet, the interior minister said. Slightly injured was a television cameraman, hit by a ricochet on the ear.
  
The raid was part of a wider police operation aimed at foiling attacks by left-wing extremists and the banned separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Istanbul governor Muammer Gueler said.
  
By mid-day Monday, around 40 people had been arrested in Istanbul, he said.
  
Elsewhere in Turkey, about 50 people -- including suspected members of the Turkish branch of Al-Qaeda -- were arrested in what appeared to be simultaneous raids aimed at underground Islamist groups, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Date created : 2009-04-27

COMMENT(S)