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Top Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci shot dead in Turkey

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Top Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci shot dead in Turkey

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A top Kurdish lawyer was killed by an unidentified gunman on Saturday amid chaotic scenes in Turkey.

Some reports suggest that Tahir Elci was caught in the crossfire as attackers shot at security forces in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the troubled, mainly Kurdish southeast of the country.

But other sources say that Elci, the head of Diyarbakir’s Bar Association, was deliberately shot in the head after making a statement to the media. A policeman was also killed in the gunfire.

Elci was facing trial in Turkey for saying that the banned Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK was not a terrorist organisation.