There has been a violent end to the hostage situation in Turkey

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Hostage: Two members of a far-left group have been killed and the prosecutor seriously injured
Hostage: Two members of a far-left group have been killed and the prosecutor seriously injured

Two members of a banned leftist group who had held a prosecutor hostage in his office inside a courthouse in Istanbul have been killed in a shootout with Turkish police that left their captive seriously wounded.

The prosecutor has been taken to hospital, said Istanbul police chief Selami Altunok.

Police had negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before the violent end to the hostage situation, Altunok said.

Private news agency Dogan earlier reported police special forces had entered the building, which was evacuated. It was not clear how the assailants sneaked the arms into the courthouse.

The state-run Anadolu Agency and state television, TRT, identified the prosecutor as Mehmet Selim Kiraz.

He is the prosecutor investigating the death of a teenager who was hit by a police gas canister fired during nationwide anti-government protests in 2013.

A website close to the left-wing DHKP-C group said that militants from the banned organisation had taken the prosecutor hostage at midday and had given authorities three hours to meet five demands, including forcing policemen held responsible for the teenager's killing to confess to the death.

The group also demanded that the policemen be tried by "people's courts" and for court officials to drop prosecutions or investigations against people who took part in protests denouncing the boy's death. The website showed a picture of someone holding a gun to a man's head with posters from the group in the background.

Deputy chief prosecutor Orhan Kapici confirmed that the incident was related to Mr Kiraz's investigation into the boy's death.

The DHKP-C, which seeks a socialist state, is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the European Union.

The group has carried out sporadic attacks, including a suicide bombing at the US embassy in 2013 which killed a security guard. The group was more active in the 1970s.