Police rushed to the scene – The gunman allegedly carried out the attack to protest Israel’s war on Gaza
A man, on the grounds that it is acting “for Gaza”, is holding several workers hostage inside a factory of the American group Procter & Gamble (P&G) located on the outskirts of Istanbul, in the northwestern part of Turkey, local police told AFP.
The man is armed, according to Turkish media, and is holding seven employees hostage, the Umut-Sen union said.
The attacker justified his act as a protest against Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, the police source confirmed.
⚡ URGENT – #Turkey : En Turquie, un #terrorist #islamiste a pris en otage 7 personnes dans une usine de P&G dans la province de #Kocaeli. According to the information, this would be the way to express your disagreement with the actions of#Israel dans la bande de #Gaza. #Turkey #hostages pic.twitter.com/7T4PwX0ZAO
— FranceNews24 (@FranceNews24) February 1, 2024
A gunman has raided a Procter & Gamble factory in Turkey and taken hostages, the Demiroren News Agency reports https://t.co/VSQIQ7FfcS
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A photo released by local media shows a man inside the factory. His face is covered with a Palestinian headscarf and he is carrying what appears to be an explosive device.
Another photo shows the man holding a gun in one hand and with the other hand making the victory sign (‘V’) in front of a wall painted with Turkish and Palestinian flags.
🔴 In Kocaeli, the ABD company owned the factory of 7 people hostage, a citizen shared this video from the inside: pic.twitter.com/dAFlhRei7t https://t.co/camB4ilakj
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Demiroren news agency reported that the unidentified man holding a gun entered the factory in the Gebze industrial zone in Kocaeli province around 15:00 local time (14:00 Greek time).
Police officers have rushed to the scene.
The provincial governor is on his way to the site, private television network NTV reported.
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