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Reports: Police kill man who shot at Turkish officers

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6 days ago

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish police killed an assailant who shot at officers outside a police station near Turkey's border with Syria on Tuesday, officials said. A police officer was slightly wounded in the shooting.

A suspected accomplice fled the scene in the city of Gaziantep, and police were trying to catch him, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.

The man who fired on officers was killed when police fired back at him, a statement from the governor's office said. The wounded police officer was hospitalized, but wasn't in serious condition, the statement said.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said bomb disposal squads were called to the scene in case the dead shooter had a bomb on him.

Turkey is on edge following a spate of attacks that have been blamed on Kurdish militants and the Islamic State group, as well as grappling with the fallout from a failed coup in July.

Last week, a policeman and a courthouse employee were killed when two people detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a courthouse in Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city. The two attackers also were killed in a shootout with police.

The courthouse attack came just days after 39 people were killed in an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's celebrations. The IS group claimed responsibility for the nightclub shooting attack, calling it a reprisal for Turkey's military operations in Syria.

The suspect in the nightclub attack remains at large.

The Ankara governor's office announced Tuesday it had banned all public assemblies and demonstrations for 30 days as a security precaution, citing possible attacks by "outlawed terrorist organizations."

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