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Gunman storms ruling AK Party Istanbul offices

The man that entered an office of the AK Party has been detained by Turkish police but his motivations remain unclear
Turkish police in Istanbul in front of the courthouse where a Turkish prosecutor was taken hostage (AFP)

Police detained a gunman who stormed an office of Turkey's ruling AK Party in an Istanbul suburb on Wednesday, the private Dogan news agency said, a day after a prosecutor in the city was shot dead in a previous incident on Tuesday as police tried to free him from hostage-takers.

The man smashed windows on the top floor of the building in the Kartal district on Istanbul's Asian side and hung out a flag before being detained.

Footage from the scene showed the intruder emerging from a broken window on the top floor, as a large number of police cars were deployed in the street outside. The man could be seen addressing onlookers after flying a Turkish flag with a sword on it.

He had previously demanded that all those inside the building should leave, local media reported.

It was not immediately clear whether a second gunman was involved, as suggested by earlier reports.

The incident occurred as judges and lawyers congregated in a courthouse on the European side of the city to mourn prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, who was tasked with investigating the death of a young protestor killed by a tear gas canister during demonstrations in 2013.

He was killed by two hostage takers during an attempt by police special forces to rescue him Tuesday.

The two hostage-takers - members of the banned far-leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) - were also killed in the rescue effort.

It is not yet clear if the two incidents are linked to one another. 

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