Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, arrives with Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis, left, for a brief press conference at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the government to replace private security guards with police forces in the wake of two deadly shoot-outs in a week that sent shockwaves through the country, reports said Friday.Erdogan said that the ubiquitous use of private security firms to guard public buildings like courthouses but also hospitals and stadiums should be outlawed.The two gunmen who took the prosecutor hostage had reportedly entered the giant Istanbul Caglayan Palace of Justice -- guarded by private security guards -- disguised as lawyers.According to official statistics, Turkey has approximately 270,000 private security guards who are employed in the public and private sectors.
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