Members of special security forces stand outside the main courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building.Istanbul police chief Selami Altinok said negotiators were talking to the two hostage-takers after the deadline passed.The prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, is leading an investigation into the death last March of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died after nine months in a coma from a head wound sustained in anti-government protests.The DHKP-C said on its website it wanted the police officer it blames for Elvan's death to confess on television, the officers involved to be tried in "people's courts," and charges against those who attended protests for Elvan to be dropped. Witnesses said they heard gunshots as the hostage-takers entered the building. Television footage showed special forces officers entering the courthouse and officials being escorted out.
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