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Attacker killed in shootout outside Ankara courthouse

Turkish security forces kill an armed attacker who shot at them from a vehicle outside the Ankara courthouse where suspects from the failed coup were appearing before judges, reports say.

AFP correspondents outside the courthouse — where dozens of suspected coup plotters are having their first hearings — report hearing gunfire and scenes of panic as the clash erupts.

The Dogan news agency says the attacker is killed by police while two other people are arrested.

Turkish police officers operate in front of the courthouse on July 18, 2016, in Ankara. (Ilyas Akengin/AFP)
Turkish police officers operate in front of the courthouse on July 18, 2016, in Ankara. (Ilyas Akengin/AFP)

It is not clear if the incident is linked to the coup but television reports say the attacker is a soldier, without giving further details.

— AFP

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