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Photograph: EPA/ CAN EROK / CUMHURIYET NEWSPAPER

Two more people have been arrested for their links to the attack on a Turkish journalist, who was shot at outside a court in Istanbul, broadcaster CNN Turk reported Sunday.

The man who fired shots on Friday at journalist Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet daily, originally claimed to have acted alone.

CNN Turk reported that a second man detained kept watch for the shooting, while a third supplied the weapon.

On Friday, an Istanbul court sentenced Dundar and Erdem Gul, Cumhuriyet's bureau chief in Ankara, to five years in prison over a report they published last year about alleged arms shipments from Turkey to Syria.

Dundar escaped unscathed from the attempt on his life when the gunman fired at him during a break in the proceedings.

The shooter was quickly arrested without resistance, according to CNN Turk.

The shooter, who was born in 1976 in Sivas, in central Turkey, said later during questioning that he only wanted to scare Dundar, the report said.

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