Gunshots heard as hostage deadline passes after left-wing group take Turkish prosecutor prisoner

A far-left Turkish group has taken an Istanbul prosecutor hostage and threatened to kill him within the hour unless police confess to killing a teenage boy.

The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front published disturbing photographs of terrified prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz with a gun to his head on their official Facebook page.

The deadline passed at 3.36pm local time (12.35pm GMT) and two gunshots were heard.
The prosecutor is leading an investigation into the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan who was severely wounded after being hit on the head by a tear-gas canister fired by a police officer during anti-government protests in Istanbul in June 2013.

After spending 269 days in a coma, Elvan eventually died on March 11 last year.