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Two killed during Turkey clashes

Two people have died amid clashes that erupted in Istanbul and other Turkish cities following the funeral of a teenager, who died nine months after being hit by a police tear-gas canister.

A 22-year old man died in fighting between two groups of youths late yesterday, as police fired water cannons and tear gas to prevent crowds from reaching Istanbul's main square after the burial of 15-year old Berkin Elvan, officials said.

In the south-eastern city of Tunceli, a police officer died of a heart attack during clashes with anti-government protesters.

Officials denied reports that tear gas fired by police triggered the heart attack, insisting that the policeman had not been exposed to gas.

Anti-government protests have flared since the teenager's death on Tuesday.


From Belfast Telegraph