2 dead after violent Istanbul protest

AP News
Posted: May 23, 2014 7:03 AM
2 dead after violent Istanbul protest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two people have died from injuries suffered in violent clashes between police and protesters in Istanbul, an official said Friday.

Police fought with more than a dozen youths who hurled stones and firebombs on Thursday. One man — described as a bystander and not a demonstrator — was shot and died in a hospital hours later.

News of the man's death later triggered more clashes in the same neighborhood, injuring at least nine people, including a man who died in a hospital of a severe injury on Friday, Istanbul Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu told reporters.

Mutlu earlier identified the dead bystander as 30-year-old Ugur Kurt. Police investigators are trying to identify the person who fired the bullet. The second man who died was not identified.

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The clashes erupted after a group of up to 15 people protested the death of a boy who died following last year's nationwide anti-government protests, as well as the deaths last week of 301 people in a coal mining disaster which has been blamed on poor safety standards.