Turkish-Armenian editor shot dead in Istanbul

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A high-profile Turkish-Armenian editor, who had been convicted of insulting Turkey's identity, was shot dead in Istanbul on Friday in an attack bound to raise political tensions in an election year.

Hrant Dink, a frequent target of nationalist anger for his comments on the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One, was shot in the head as he left his weekly newspaper Agos around 1300 GMT in the center of the city.

"A bullet has been fired at democracy and freedom of expression. I condemn the traitorous hands behind this disgraceful murder," Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said.

"This was an attack on our peace and stability."

Turkey's main stock market index fell sharply on the news.

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