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Knife-wielding man shot outside Israeli embassy in Turkey

Private broadcaster NTV identified the suspect as a man from the central city of Konya. In photo: Police forensic experts examine the scene of an attempted stabbing in front of the Israeli Embassy on September 21, 2016. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Ankara, Turkey Sep 21, 2016, 11.45 AM (IST)

A knife-wielding man was shot when he tried to storm into the Israeli embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday.

The man, believed to be mentally unstable, ran with a 12-inch knife towrads the embassy shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) and "I will change the Middle East" when he was intercepted by Turkish police.

"The staff is safe. The attacker was wounded before he reached the embassy," the Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said in a text message to Reuters. "The assailant was shot and wounded by a local (Turkish) security man."

The spokesman said the man named Osman Nuri Caliskan had managed to reach the "outer perimeter" of the embassy before he was brought down. Preliminary investigations indicate Caliskan to be mentally disturbed.

Private broadcaster NTV say the man hails from the central city of Konya, Reuters reported.

Turkish media reports had initially reported about two knife-attackers, but it remains unclear if there is a second assailant lurking at the moment.

The incident comes three months after Israel and Turkey reconciled following disruption of diplomatic engagement in the aftermath of a 2010 Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship that left 10 Turks dead. 

At the moment, both the nations have turned a new leaf and are keen on restoring diplomatic ties by exchanging ambassadors. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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