ANKARA - A would-be assailant was shot and wounded near the Israeli embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman and Turkish police said.
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"A single person tried to stab a Turkish police officer. One of the Turkish police officers situated in front of the embassy responded immediately and shot the attacker in the foot in order to neutralize him," the Israeli Embassy in Ankara said in a press release.
"The police officer’s action brought the incident to an end. Immediately then Turkish security forces arrived at the scene and took control. There is no casualty or injury, and the Embassy staff is in peace," the statement continued, adding that they "trust Turkish forces to control and investigate the incident."
Local media identified the attacker as Osman Nuri Calskan, a construction worker from Konya born in 1975. He is said to be mentally unstable. According to the governor's office, he has no links to any terrorist organisations and no criminal record.
Turkish police at the scene told Reuters Calskan shouted "Allahu Akbar" outside before he was shot in the leg. Police were examining his bag but had so far not exploded it, a Reuters cameraman at the scene said. The area outside the embassy had been cordoned off.
The Ankara Governor's Office confirmed reports that the attacker was chanting slogans and carrying a bag and 30 cm knife before being shot in the leg in front of the embassy. The office further confirmed that the suspect appears to be mentally unstable, and he has no apparent links to any organization.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel said the incident will have no impact on the Turkey-Israel reconciliation agreement, adding that ambassadors will hopefully soon be nominated.
Turkish media reports initially suggested that there had been two attackers, but the governor's office and police made no mention of a second assailant.