Hostages rescued, armed man detained at P&G factory in Turkey


Police detained an armed man, who took staff hostage at a Procter & Gamble factory in northwestern Turkey, on Thursday and rescued seven hostages, ending a protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza, the local governor's office said.

The Kocaeli governor's office said the hostages were unharmed, adding that the operation to rescue them was launched after negotiations with the hostage-taker failed.

"Our security forces intervened and neutralised the suspect," the statement said, adding that he was an employee of the factory who "wanted to draw attention to the ongoing occupation in Gaza".

The hostage-taker entered the factory in Gebze industrial zone in Kocaeli province around 3:00 pm. (1200 GMT), the Demiroren news agency said earlier, adding that police had then rushed to the scene and sought to persuade him to give himself up.

The hostages were six men and a woman, media reports had said.

A photo released by local media earlier showed a man inside the factory whose face was covered with a Palestinian scarf and who was wearing what looked possibly like an explosive device.

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