Gunmen Kill Deputy Mayor in Istanbul District

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Members of the police special forces stand guard in front of the Air Force Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir
Members of the police special forces stand guard in front of the Air Force Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday. (Reuters/Huseyin Aldemir)

The Deputy Mayor of Istanbul’s Sisli district, Cemil Candaş, who was Jewish, passed away from his wounds Monday afternoon, after two gunmen shot him in the head earlier in the day.

It was not immediately clear whether the incident was linked to Friday’s abortive military coup in which more than 200 people were killed. Turkey remains in a state of high tension, though the government says it has the situation fully under control.

NTV reported that the gunmen entered the office of Deputy Mayor Cemil Candas and then gunshots were heard. Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) runs the prosperous Sisli district. Along with other opposition parties, the CHP has condemned the attempted coup.

Police detained the two gunmen, who were taken out by the rear entrance.