Officials have reported that an armed incident occurred at Sweden’s honorary consulate in the western province of Izmir, gravely injuring a Turkish employee.
At 09:45 GMT on Tuesday, the attack in Izmir’s Konak district was carried out, according to the local governor’s office, by a “mentally disabled” individual.
The attack happened in front of Sweden’s honorary consulate, according to TRT, the national television. The injured woman, who served as the diplomatic mission’s secretary, was listed in critical condition, it was noted.
The incident is reportedly thought to be connected to a dispute over the visa application procedure, according to Turkish TV Haber Turk. There was no obvious proof that the act had a political motivation.
According to the governor’s office, Turkish authorities detained the gun-wielding attacker and opened an inquiry.
According to the Swedish foreign ministry, the general consul of Sweden will go to Izmir on Wednesday to learn more about the incident.
The ministry claimed that it was in constant contact with the workers in Turkey and the general consulate in Istanbul.
According to the foreign ministry, the Honorary Consulate in Izmir and local authorities are in touch with the Consulate General.
The ministry stated that it would refrain from further comment “on the threat to the diplomatic service or what security measures are being taken, as this risks counteracting the purpose of the measures.”
The attack was denounced by the Turkish Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc in a tweet on the messaging service X, formerly known as Twitter. He claimed that a criminal investigation had been opened in order to clarify the incident.