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Gunman attacks Turkey journalist

Do Not UseDo Not Use 6/05/2016
This picture released by Turkish Cumhuriyet Daily newspaper shows Dilek Dundar (L), the wife of editor-in-chief of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet daily Can Dundar, trying to stop a gunman as Can Dundar (R) is protected by another man on May 6, 2016 in Istanbul.: The gunman was held back by Can Dundar's wife Dilek as another man protected Mr Dundar (background) © AFP The gunman was held back by Can Dundar's wife Dilek as another man protected Mr Dundar (background)

A gunman has opened fire at Turkish journalist Can Dundar, who is standing trial in Istanbul on charges of revealing state secrets.

A plainclothes police officer orders the overpowered gunman to lay down just after an attack on Turkish journalist Can Dundar outside city"s main courthouse in Istanbul, Friday, May 6, 2016: The assailant was detained by plainclothes police officers © AP The assailant was detained by plainclothes police officers

The assailant fired at least three shots outside the court, eyewitnesses said. Mr Dundar escaped unharmed but a reporter was reportedly injured.

Editor-in-chief of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet daily Can Dundar (C) and his wife Dilk Dundar (R) look at the gunman, as they are surrounded by journalists on May 6, 2016 in Istanbul.: Mr Dundar was unharmed during the altercation © AFP Mr Dundar was unharmed during the altercation

Police say they have arrested the suspected gunman.

Erdem Gul, a former colleague of Mr Dundar who is also on trial, said the attacker shouted "traitor" as he fired.

Mr Dundar, a former newspaper editor, was briefing reporters outside the courthouse when the incident occurred.

He is standing trial alongside Mr Gul over a series of reports in Cumhuriyet newspaper that alleged Turkish intelligence operatives were transporting weapons to Syria in early 2014.

Both journalists face life in prison if convicted.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has faced international criticism over the decision to prosecute the two journalists.

They are among a number of journalists and human rights activists who have been detained or prosecuted in Turkey in recent months.

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