Istanbul: A leading Kurdish lawyer and rights activist was killed in a shootout in Turkey's troubled southeast today, fuelling accusations that the state was behind his murder and sparking protests in several cities.
Tahir Elci, head of the bar association in Diyarbakir -- the biggest city in the mainly Kurdish southeast -- and a campaigner for Kurdish rights, was shot in the head while he and other activists were giving a press statement calling for an end to violence.
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