Some 130 illegal rifles and 30 pistols were discovered during a raid on a shop selling circumcision clothes in Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district late on March 27. Bayrampaşa police found unlicensed pump rifles when carrying out examinations on weapons vendors in the district. The police then tracked down the owner of the vendor and determined that illegal arms sales were occurring. After two months of technical and physical surveillance, police staged an operation on a shop selling circumcision clothes late on March 27, seizing 130 rifles and 30 pistols.
Seven people were killed on March 10 when a civilian helicopter owned by a private company that was carrying business executives crashed in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece district, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has said. Speaking at an opening ceremony in the Eyüp district, Topbaş said seven people were killed in the crash and extended his condolences to the victims. Earlier, Istanbul Governor Şahin told reporters at the scene that the helicopter, took off from Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport at 11:16 a.m. and crashed onto the motorway around five minutes later.Şahin said the cause of the crash was unknown, while adding that an investigation on the scene was continuing into the accident.