Attacker killed in shoot-out outside Ankara courthouse - reports

2016-07-18 16:58
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Dramatic images from a weekend of chaos in Turkey

From a failed coup attempt to thousands flooding the streets in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, here are the best images from a weekend of chaos in Turkey.

Ankara - Turkish security forces on Monday killed an armed attacker who shot at them from a vehicle outside the Ankara courthouse where suspects from the failed coup were appearing before judges, reports said.

AFP correspondents outside the courthouse - where dozens of suspected coup plotters were having their first hearings - reported hearing gunfire and scenes of panic as the clash erupted.

The Dogan news agency said the attacker was killed by police while two other people were arrested.

It was not clear if the incident was linked to the coup, but television reports said that the attacker was a soldier, without giving further details.

Armoured vehicles and police had rushed to the scene in the capital, which is on a security alert following the coup bid.

AFP correspondents reported seeing a crashed car at the scene.

In another development, The Associated Press reported on Monday afternoon that an official working for Istanbul's Sisli district city hall is in critical condition after two gunmen walked into his office and shot him in the head.

Deputy Mayor in charge of Development Cemil Candas has been rushed to a nearby hospital.

Police detained the two gunmen, who were taken out by the rear entrance.

The Sisli municipality is run by the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP.

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