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Fenerbahce star saved by bulletproof windscreen after car shot at in 'terrorist' attack

Published 11/08/2015 | 14:50

Mehmet Topal's windscreen after the gun attack
Mehmet Topal's windscreen after the gun attack

Fenerbahce have announced their Turkey international midfielder Mehmet Topal survived his car being shot at on Tuesday in what the club termed a "terrorist attack".

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The 29-year-old Turkish player was returning home from a training session when he was targeted, the Super Lig club said in a statement on their website.

Fenerbahce also published a picture of a windscreen that appeared to show bullet damage, but it was apparent the bullet had not penetrated the glass. The club said Topal had bullet-proof protection on the vehicle.

Fenerbahce's statement said: "This attack is an armed terrorist act. We condemn these attacks and hope the perpetrators are found and justice is done."

The club said 20-year-old Fenerbahce player Uygar Mert Zeybek was also in the car with Topal and was unharmed.

The shooting attack is the second against a Fenerbahce target this year.

The team's bus came under armed attack on April 4, as it drove to the airport following an away league match at Caykur Rizespor.

On that occasion, the bus driver was wounded in the gun attack and taken to hospital, with a side window shattered and damage caused to the front windscreen. Football in Turkey was suspended for a week.

As news of the attack on Topal's car spread, the Turkish Football Federation expressed its shock.

"This attack is not only on an eminent player of our club and national team, it is deemed an attack on Turkish football," said the federation.

Fenerbahce, the Turkish league runners-up last season, this summer signed Nani and Robin van Persie from Manchester United.

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