A Turkish employee at Sweden’s honorary consulate in Izmir, Turkey, was seriously wounded in an armed attack, according to officials. The attack took place in the Konak district of Izmir on Tuesday morning. The assailant, described as a “mentally disabled” Turkish citizen, carried out the attack outside the consulate at around 09:45 GMT.
The injured woman, working as a secretary at the consulate, sustained critical injuries and was in a critical condition. The motive behind the attack is reportedly linked to a dispute concerning the visa application process, rather than having any political motivation.
Turkish authorities swiftly apprehended the assailant, who was armed with a gun, and an investigation has been launched. Honourary consulates, such as Sweden’s in Izmir, represent their respective nationals’ interests abroad but are not managed by professional diplomats.
The Swedish foreign ministry refrained from commenting on threats to foreign representatives or the specific security measures being taken in response to this incident.
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