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All staff evacuated as police negotiate with armed man in Turkish hospital

It is believed that the man is a patient at the hospital’s psychiatric unit.
Feb 1st 2017, 11:40 AM 12,327 13

Updated 12.15pm

AN ARMED POLICE officer receiving psychiatric treatment has barricaded himself into a room, causing panic at Istanbul’s Cerrahpasa hospital.

A hospital spokesperson, shown on Dogan news agency, said all staff had been evacuated from the psychiatry unit and police negotiators have made contact with the man.

Turkish media outlets had originally reported that the armed man was holding a number of doctors and other staff hostage at a hospital in Istanbul.

With reporting from AP.

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