Football team bus shot

ANKARA – Gunshots were fired at a bus carrying Turkey’s Fenerbahce football team back from their 5-1 victory over Black Sea side Rizespor on Saturday, the club said, injuring the driver but leaving the players unhurt.

Several shots were aimed at the bus as the Turkish Super Lig league leaders passed through the northeastern town of Trabzon following their away game in nearby Rize, said the club’s vice president Mahmut Uslu.

The driver managed to bring the bus to a stop despite being wounded in the face, and was immediately taken to hospital in a police car, said Uslu, who was on the bus at the time. He accused the attackers of trying to “crash the bus and kill the players”.

“It’s unbelievable,” he told Turkish television.

None of the players were injured in the attack, which happened as they returned to Istanbul.

Pictures of the bus showed a damaged windshield on the driver’s side.

Trabzon governor Abdil Celil Oz confirmed the gun attack on the bus and said the driver’s life was not in danger.

“At first we thought stones had been thrown at the bus but police investigators at the scene have concluded it was an armed attack,” he told the television station 360.

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