Knife attacker shot in front of Israeli embassy in Turkey
Sept.21, Ankara: Police have shot and detained a knife-carrying Turkish man who tried to force his way into the Israeli embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara.
The man, armed with a 30-centimetre knife, ran towards the embassy shouting slogans and was shot in the leg, the governor's office in Ankara said in a statement on Wednesday.
Officials said initial investigations showed that the man, identified as 41-year-old Osman Nuri Caliskan from the central Anatolian city of Konya, "appeared to be mentally disturbed" and had no record of links with any organised group.
"A man approached the embassy with a knife and was shot by a local guard. Everyone on our side is safe," Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry, said in a statement.
"The assailant was wounded in the foot. We don't know if he was attacking police officers or the embassy itself."
He added that the assailant only managed to reach the "outer perimetre" of the building, but said the incident was still being investigated.
The Oslo Times International News Network