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Militants Blame Police for 4 Cohorts' Deaths

November 07, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Leftist militants accused police of killing four of their comrades during a raid on an Istanbul house. The raid was made to end a hunger strike being staged to protest Turkey's treatment of prisoners.

Police said the two men and two women died of burns or carbon monoxide poisoning after setting themselves on fire when officers raided the house Monday. The militants had threatened self-immolation if security forces intervened.

Police said they intended only to take the strikers to a hospital, but witnesses said officers fired into the house. The Turkish news agency Anatolia said at least three people were shot.

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