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Turkish single mother in 'honour killing'
A Turkish woman has been murdered in an Istanbul hospital where she was already being treated for injuries sustained in a so-called honour attack.

Hospital sources told BBC News Online that Guldunya Toren, 24, was being treated after being shot and left for dead, when the second attack happened.

I know they won't want me to live. I'm scared
Guldunya Toren
After the first attack, which happened on Wednesday, she told journalists she feared for her life.

Early on Thursday morning a man claiming to be a relative told staff he wanted to visit her, before shooting her dead.

Inquiries launched

It is thought the "honour killing" may have been carried out because Ms Toren had had a child out of wedlock, according to Turkey's semi-official news agency, Anatolia.

Police are now looking for Ms Toren's two brothers, aged 20 and 24, the agency says.

They have also launched an investigation as to why she was not given protection after the first attempt on her life, Turkish reports say.

Interviewed in hospital shortly after the first attempt, she asked for police protection.

"I know they won't want me to live. I'm scared," she told reporters.

Conservative village

But she declined to give away the identities of her attackers.

Ms Toren came from a small village in the conservative south-east of the country.

Turkish media said she was sent to Istanbul to live with relatives while she had the baby.

She gave birth to a baby boy two months ago.

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