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Two dead after Turkey protest clash

Two people have died from injuries suffered in violent clashes between police and protesters in Istanbul.

Police fought with more than a dozen youths who hurled stones and firebombs yesterday. One man - described as a bystander and not a demonstrator - was shot and died in a hospital hours later.

News of the man's death later triggered more clashes in the same neighbourhood, injuring at least nine people, including a man who died in hospital today, Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu told reporters.

Mr Mutlu earlier identified the dead bystander as 30-year-old Ugur Kurt. Police investigators are trying to identify the person who fired the bullet.

The second man who died was not identified.

The clashes erupted after a group of up to 15 people protested against the death of a boy after last year's nationwide anti-government protests, as well as the deaths last week of more than 300 people in a coal mining disaster blamed on poor safety standards.

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