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Men detained over shooting of Turkish singer Ibrahim Tatlises

The governor of Istanbul says 14 people have been detained for questioning while doctors say the singer's condition is improving.

ANKARA, TURKEY // The governor of Istanbul says 14 people have been detained for questioning over an armed attack that seriously wounded Ibrahim Tatlises, a singer popular in Turkey and across the Middle East.

Huseyin Avni Mutlu said the suspects include Abdullah Ucmak, a man who had openly threatened Mr Tatlises in a television interview in 1998. The two are reportedly involved in a feud over money.

Tatlises, who is 59, was shot in the head in his car on Monday as he left a television station after his weekly music and chat show. His assistant was also wounded. The assailants escaped.

Doctors said today the singer's condition is improving.