ANKARA, Turkey – A Turkish official says a man has died of his wounds after being shot during a violent protest in Istanbul.
The man — described as a bystander and not a demonstrator — was hit by a bullet on Thursday during clashes between police and a group of protesters who hurled firebombs and rocks.
Istanbul Gov. Avni Mutlu said Friday that the death triggered more violent protests overnight which injured nine people, most of them police.
Mutlu earlier identified the dead man as 30-year-old Ugur Kurt. Police investigators are trying to identify the person who fired the bullet.
The protesters were, among other things, denouncing the death last week of 301 people from a fire inside a coal mine which has been blamed on poor safety standards.