Former Turkish MPs wife and daughter killed in gun attack

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Three killed as assailants and MP exchange gunfire in suspected armed robbery in Istanbul

Three killed as assailants and MP exchange gunfire in suspected armed robbery in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - At least three people were killed Tuesday in Istanbul in a gun attack on a former member of parliament, police said.

Two unidentified assailants riding on a motorcycle opened fire on Adnan Yildiz’s car near his house in the city's wealthy Bakirkoy district, killing his wife and daughter.

One of the attackers was killed when former MP and his son returned fire, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent who reports from the scene. The other attacker was arrested shortly after he fled.

Yildiz and his son Kamil, who were wounded, have been taken to hospital. Their conditions are not critical, hospital sources said. 

The police said it was a case of of attempted robbery. Yildiz runs an exchange office in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul and was reported to be holding a bag containing $300,000 during the assault. 

According to local sources, the former MP was bringing money to and from his home to the exchange office every day. 

"Bakirkoy district is not a district which is famous for these kinds of incidents. We feel very sorry about the event. It is thought that the attack was carried out for robbery," local mayor Bulent Kerimoglu said after the attack.  

Adnan Yildiz was a MP for the centre-right in the Turkish parliament from 1983 to 1991. He was previously the target of an extortion attempt in 2000 when Turkish gang leader Nuri Ergin had demanded for $100,000 from Yildiz.

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