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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Armenian Journalist Killed

ISTANBUL -- A prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist was shot dead as he left his office Friday in a killing that shocked Turkey.

A 17-year-old Turk has confessed to shooting Hrant Dink because he had insulted Turkish people, CNN Turk television reported Sunday.

"I read on the Internet that he said, 'I am from Turkey but Turkish blood is dirty' and I decided to kill him. ... I do not regret this," Ogun Samast told interrogators shortly after he was arrested in Samsun on the Black Sea coast, CNN Turk said.

Samast was arrested on Saturday and confessed to the murder in an initial interrogation in Samsun before he and several other suspects were transferred to Istanbul, state news agency Anatolian said.

Police declined to comment, but said interrogations in Istanbul were continuing.

Dink was the editor of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos.

Last year, Turkey's top court upheld a six-month suspended jail sentence against Dink for referring in an article to an Armenian nationalist idea of ethnic purity without Turkish blood.

Dink, 52, was a Christian of Armenian descent.

He was frequently criticized by Turkish nationalists, including top politicians and prosecutors, for saying the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I was genocide.