Security officer thwarts knife attack at Israeli embassy in Turkey

A Turkish security officer on Wednesday shot a knife-wielding man as he tried to attack another guard near Israel's embassy in Ankara, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

No diplomats or staff were reported injured, the ministry's Emmanuel Nahshon said. The attacker was shot in the leg by a local security officer before he could get closer to the embassy, he added.

The assailant had hidden the knife in a newspaper before pulling it out as he approached the embassy guard, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Another security guard shot him after he refused to stop and drop the knife, according to the report.

Initial reports by CNN Turk suggested that the 38-year-old man from the central Anatolian city of Konya did not have any connections to terrorist groups. An investigation into the incident was under way.

"The attacker likely had anti-Israeli motives. But he also may have wanted to simply attack the first officer he met. We don't know what his motivation was," Nahshon said.

Last update: Wed, 21/09/2016 - 15:44

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