ISTANBUL: Turkish riot police on Thursday fired tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators in Istanbul hurling stones and petrol bombs in the latest in a string of protests fueled by rising anger against the government.
A senior official said a man was shot and wounded in the head after he reportedly attended a funeral near the site of the protest in the Turkish commercial hub.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said a bullet lodged in the man’s head as well as guns used by the police would be examined by prosecutors appointed to investigate the incident. Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the governor of Istanbul, told reporters earlier that “I have been informed that police were attacked by Molotov cocktails and a 30-year-old man was injured.” The governor added that a gun had been used in the incident but did not elaborate.
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