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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Gunman attacks footballers' coach

A coach carrying a football team has been attacked in Turkey
A coach carrying a football team has been attacked in Turkey

A coach carrying Fenerbahce football players was shot at on a highway in northern Turkey, and the driver was wounded and taken to hospital.

Abdulcelil Oz, the governor of Trabzon, said the driver appeared to have been hit by a bullet,.

He had earlier said that the driver was believed to have been hit by a stone.

"The latest situation is that it appears to be a gun," the governor said.

"It is too soon to say anything definite, but it appears to be a type of bullet fired by a rifle."

Fenerbahce TV maintained the coach was attacked by an assailant with a shotgun.

It said security officers on board quickly took control of the coach and safely stopped it after the driver was hit, averting an accident. None of the players was hurt.

The attack came after the team's 5-1 win yesterday over the Black Sea side Caykur Rizespor in their Turkish Super League game.

The players were travelling from the city of Rize to the airport in the neighbouring city of Trabzon, to return to Istanbul.

Mr Oz said an investigation was launched and vowed to catch the gunman.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish clubs condemned the attack.

Press Association

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