Gunman shoots 5 judges in attack on Turkish court

May 17, 2006 12:08

A gunman stormed into a meeting at Turkey's highest administrative court on Wednesday and opened fire, wounding five judges, the governor's office said. The attacker, a lawyer who was detained and was being interrogated by police, reportedly chanted "God is Great!" as he fired his weapon, private NTV television reported, citing witnesses. One of the injured judges, Mustafa Birden, had been criticized for a February decision barring the promotion of a teacher who wore an Islamic-style head scarf outside of work. The decision was condemned by the Islamic-rooted government. Birden was critically wounded in the stomach and was being operated on, TGRT television said. Another judge, who was hit in the neck, was also undergoing surgery. The governor's office said two of the five judges who were wounded were in critical condition, but did not identify them.

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