March 19, 2014

A former state employee has shot dead six people at the Turkish Statistical Institute, TurkStat, in the eastern province of Kars before killing himself, state broadcaster TRT Haber reports.

Kars governor Eyup Tepe said the attacker had carried out the shooting after being dismissed from his job at TurkStat, known in Turkey as Tüik.

“The incident was not a terrorist attack,” the Hürriyet daily website quoted Tepe as saying. “The attacker’s name was Veysi Erin. He worked as a psychologist at Tüik.” A Tüik official confirmed that seven people had died and one person had been slightly wounded, but provided no further details.

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