A man wielding a knife was shot and wounded by security officials outside Israel’s embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson. Speaking to Reuters in a text message, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said the attacker was “wounded before he reached the embassy” adding that “the assailant was shot and wounded by a local security man,” he said, adding that all staff at the embassy are safe.
Israeli officials said he had tried to storm the embassy. The Times of Israel reported that the assailant tried to stab a security guard, who then fired a warning shot before shooting the man in the leg.
A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Emmanuel Nahson, said the man was wounded in the foot. He said: “We don’t know if he was attacking police officers or the embassy itself.”
As RT adds, several embassies in Ankara were closed late last week amid reports of a possible militant attack, among which those of Britain and Germany. Turkey has been caught up in a series of deadly attacks in the past year, by jihadist group Islamic State and Kurdish militant groups.
Bomb disposal experts are examining a suspicious package at the scene.
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According to the Daily Sabah, gunshots were heard in front of the embassy building, and all staff were sent into hiding as the incident unfolded. Police units, ambulances, and a bomb squad were dispatched to the scene. Authorities have blocked the street off to traffic following the incident.