Nine injured in protests after bystander fatally shot by police in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - Two protesters and seven policemen were injured in clashes in Istanbul overnight following the fatal shooting of a bystander, the city's police department said on Friday.

The bystander, 30-year-old Ugur Kurt, was attending a relative's funeral on Thursday when he was shot as police clashed with protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones in Okmeydani district, which has seen frequent unrest.

The violence comes almost a year after protests in central Istanbul triggered a summer of nationwide anti-government demonstrations that challenged the decade-long rule of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

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