Brave Rescue: Hostages Freed, Armed Suspect Apprehended at P&G Factory in Turkey

Police detained armed man at Procter & Gamble factory in Turkey. Seven hostages rescued. The man was protesting against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. According to the Kocaeli governor’s office, the hostages were unharmed. The suspect, who was an employee of the factory, was neutralized by security forces. He wanted to draw attention to the occupation of Gaza.

P&G thanked the authorities for their handling of the crisis and expressed relief that no one was harmed. The company is continuing efforts to support the affected employees and their families.

Procter & Gamble factory where an armed man took staff hostage, is pictured in Gebze in the northwestern Kocaeli province, Turkey February 1, 2024. (credit: REUTERS/DILARA SENKAYA)

Hostages were six men and a woman

The hostage-taker entered the factory in Gebze industrial zone in Kocaeli province around 3 p.m. (1200 GMT). The hostages were six men and a woman. Media reports also stated that the man was wearing what looked like an explosive device.

A photo from the scene showed the man holding a gun and making a ‘V’ sign with his other hand in front of a wall on which Turkish and Palestinian flags were painted. The script on the wall read: “Gates will open. Either coffin rest or death for Gaza.”