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Saturday, March 20, 1999 Published at 12:47 GMT

World: Europe

Suspected Kurd activist killed in Istanbul shootout

Turkish police have killed a man they suspected of being a Kurdish activist in a shootout in Istanbul.

The police say he was shot after he opened fire on officers who had asked him to stop for a search.

Another suspected Kurdish activist has died in what the police are calling an attempted suicide bombing of a police station in the province of Van in eastern Turkey.

Three people were injured as the man set off a bomb after being stopped by the police.

The authorities have stepped up security across the country which has been hit by a series of bomb attacks since the arrest of the Kurdish separatist leader, Abdullah Ocalan, last month.

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