A prosecutor has died of his wounds after a shoot-out brought an end to a hostage stand-off in Turkey.

Istanbul’s police chief said security forces stormed the courthouse where a far-left group had taken Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage.

Selami Altinok said the prosecutor underwent surgery after being taken to hospital, but died from his injuries.

“Because of gunshots heard from inside the prosecutor’s office, our security forces carried out an operation,” he said.

The two gunmen were also killed in the shoot-out.

Mr Altinok added that police had negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before storming the building.

An unverified photograph that emerged earlier appeared to show Mr Kiraz with a gun to his head and a hand over his mouth – with his hands apparently bound with cable ties… see more

source: skynews