Attacker Shot Outside Israeli Embassy In Turkey

A knife-wielding man has been shot and wounded by police, outside the Israeli embassy, in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

A man was shot and wounded by Turkish police outside the Israeli Embassy in Ankara after he shouted slogans and wielded a knife on Wednesday, but initial inquiries indicated he had no links to an organized group, officials said.

The man, a 41-year-old from the central city of Konya, was carrying a bag and brandishing a 30-cm (12 inches) knife as he approached the embassy, the Ankara governor’s office said in a statement.

He was shot in the leg after ignoring a warning from police, it said, adding he did not appear to be linked to a group.

“According to initial examinations… (the man) appears mentally unstable, no criminal record or organizational links have been found.”

Turkey faces multiple security threats, including Islamic State militants blamed for bombings in Istanbul and elsewhere, and Kurdish militants following the resumption of a three-decade insurgency in the mainly Kurdish southeast last year.

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