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Turkish police detain gunman demanding ceasefire, free hostages

At a Procter & Gamble factory, a man who wore a Palestinian scarf and an apparent bomb vest captured six men and one woman.

A Procter and Gamble factory in Gebze, Turkey. Source: Google Street View.
A Procter and Gamble factory in Gebze, Turkey. Source: Google Street View.

Turkish police freed seven hostages—six men and one woman—after 10 hours at a Procter & Gamble factory in Gebze, in northwestern Turkey.

The gunman, who was detained, had demanded a ceasefire in Gaza, according to Seddar Yavuz, governor of the Kocaeli province. The governor also said that the attacker had two guns and a “device.”

“Turkish media had published an image of the suspect inside the factory wearing what appeared to be a rudimentary explosives belt and holding a handgun,” the Associated Press reported.

“The photograph of the suspect carried in the Turkish media shows him with a black-and-white Arabic headscarf covering his face,” the AP added. “He is standing next to a graffitied wall showing the Turkish and Palestinian flags with the slogan ‘The gates will open. Either musalla or death for Gaza.’ A musalla is an open prayer area for Muslims, usually used for funeral rites.”

“The hostages were rescued safely and the person who committed the action was detained and a large-scale investigation was launched into the incident,” Yavuz’s office stated, per the state-run Anadolu Agency.

“The fact that no one was harmed is our greatest relief,” a P&G spokesman said.

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