It’s been a tumultuous day in Turkey.
In the midst of a near-nationwide blackout that grounded planes and froze rail traffic and which officials say could be terror-linked, armed gunman have taken a prosecutor hostage in an Istanbul court house. The prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, is in charge of the investigation into the death of a 14-year old boy who died after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister in 2013 amid widespread protests. Here’s more via BBC:
A banned Marxist revolutionary group is suspected of being behind the incident.
A statement posted online said the prosecutor would be killed if their demands were not met.
Berkin Elvan, who was then 14, was struck in the head by a police tear gas canister in June 2013 as he went to buy bread during mass demonstrations that began in Istanbul and spread across Turkey.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/31/2015.