Minister: Two Turkish Troops Killed in Prison Raids

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Two paramilitary troops were killed Tuesday in raids on Turkish prisons to end two months of hunger strikes, in which three inmates also died, Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk said, according to Anatolia news agency.  

Earlier, three inmates were killed during a raid by security forces on Turkish jails where prisoners were staging a hunger strike, Sami Turk said Tuesday, according to Anatolia news agency.  

Two prisoners died by self-immolation during the pre-dawn raid on Istanbul's Bayrampasa prison carried out by hundreds of police and paramilitary troops, Turk said.  

A third inmate was shot dead by security forces in Umraniye jail, also in Istanbul, after setting himself ablaze and walking towards the troops, the Anatolia news agency reported.  

Earlier, a Turkish prisoner, held in Bayrampasa prison in Istanbul, died of self immolation after hundreds of police and paramilitary gendarmerie troops stormed the jail in the small hours of Tuesday, an official told reporters.  

He added that two officers were injured during the raid on the Umraniye jail in Istanbul's Asian quarter.  

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Turkish Human Rights Association said that two female prisoners, one in the western city of Canakkale and the other in Usak also in western Turkey, had died after the operation was launched.  

The spokeswoman said the inmate Fidan Kalesen, a member of an illegal extreme leftwing Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) died of her injuries after setting herself alight.  

The same source had also claimed that another prisoner, Sevgi Erdogan held in a jail in the western Turkish city of Usak, starved to death after a 61-day fast.  

More than 200 prisoners, mainly from the extreme-left, have been on a hunger strike in several Turkish jails for over 60 days to protest the opening of new jails with cells holding up to three people instead of their present dormitories sleeping up to 60 people -- ANKARA (AFP)  







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