Cyanide poisoning suspected in death of family of three in Istanbul

Police in Istanbul discovered cyanide at the home of a family of three who were found dead in the city’s Bakırköy district early on Friday morning, the district governor’s office said in a statement. 

The police found the dead bodies of two adults and a child after being called by the family’s neighbours, the statement said. 

The police asked for assistance from Turkey’s disaster management agency due to the smell inside the flat. “The assessments made by the team showed that the smell inside the scene was cyanide,” the statement said. 

Police have started an investigation into the incident.

Last week, four siblings - two women and two men - aged between 48 and 60 in Istanbul’s Fatih district committed collective suicide by using cyanide. 

Another family of four - father Selim Şimşek (36), his children Ceren (9) and Ali Çınar (5) and wife Sultan Şimşek (38) - were found dead in their home in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya on Saturday with a note by the father citing financial difficulties and unemployment.