Gunman shot at Ukraine's consulate in Istanbul

10:58, 10 March 2010
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The 29-year-old man...

A man has been shot and wounded after opening fire at the Ukrainian consulate in Istanbul in Turkey, according to BBC.

The man claimed to be carrying a bomb and pulled out a gun and started firing, Istanbul`s Governor Muammer Guler said.

"We don`t think it is a bomb, but the police are checking it, and will probably blow it up, just in case," Mr Guler said.

He said the motive appeared personal rather than political.

The 29-year-old man had a Ukrainian wife, who is currently in her home country, the governor added.

The assailant was shot and wounded and taken to hospital, but was reported not to be in a life-threatening condition.

No-one else was injured in the incident, which took place at entrance to the consulate in Florya, a district on Istanbul`s European side.

BBC

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