9 May, 2016, 12:00 am
ISTANBUL – Turkish police detained two more suspects on Saturday over the attempted shooting of a prominent Turkish journalist as he waited outside an Istanbul courthouse for a verdict in his trial.
A gunman attempted to shoot Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of the secular Cumhuriyet newspaper, on Friday, hours before he was sentenced by the court to more than five years in jail for revealing state secrets.
The attacker shouted “traitor” before firing at least two shots in quick succession. Mr Dundar was unharmed but a journalist covering the trial, which has caused widespread alarm about freedom of the press in Turkey, was injured. The assailant, who has since been identified as a 40-year-old from the Anatolian city of Sivas, was detained at the scene.