Istanbul attacker came from Syria as new sanctions announced by Ankara

Published November 30th, 2011 - 12:15 GMT

A gunman who opened fire in a famous tourist site of İstanbul and wounded two people was killed in a clash with police. Turkey's Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin said. The 36 year old gunman was identified as a national of Libya.

According to Zaman newspaper, the incident took place in the Sultanahmet district of the city. A soldier and a private security guard were hurt.

Witnesses said before shooting the gunman shouted, “Allahu Akbar” and then said he was from Syria. The Turkish authorities stated that the attacker entered the country a few days ago and used a car registered in Syria.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday said the Syrian government wasted opportunities and now "coming to the end of the road." He made the comments as he presented a package of sanctions against Syria, which includes nine articles.

Among others the new measures include the suspension of the mechanism of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council until a "legitimate government comes to power and lives in peace with the people." In addition, it includes a ban on arms supplies to the Syrian army.

"These measures will not affect adversely the brotherly people of Syria," the Turkish minister stated. 


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