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Belarusian Diplomat Shot In Ankara Remains In Serious Condition After Surgery


Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters that the shooting was over a personal dispute. (file photo)

MINSK -- Belarus's Foreign Ministry says a Belarusian diplomat who was shot in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and operated on at a local clinic remains in a very serious condition.

Spokesman Anatol Hlaz told RFE/RL on July 25 that doctors had evaluated the operation on Alyaksandr Pahanshau, an adviser to the Belarusian Embassy in Ankara, as "successful," though he remains in an intensive care unit.

Pahanshau was walking home with his son late on July 24 when he was shot several times.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after Pahanshau's surgery that the diplomat was attacked by his neighbor, a retired military officer, with whom Pahanshau had a personal dispute.

There was no political motive in the attack, he added.

Cavusoglu also said he discussed the situation with his Belarusian counterpart, Uladzimer Makey, and that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had taken the case under his personal supervision.

Media reports in Turkey say the attacker had psychological problems and killed himself after the attack.

With reporting by Demiroren Haber Ajansi
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