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Researcher shoots dead four fellow staff members in gun rampage at Turkish university

  • Man killed deputy dean, faculty secretary and two lecturers at Turkish university
  • The attacker, identified as Volkan D., was a researcher at Osmangazi University
  • Panic broke out as shooting took place before the gunman handed himself in 

A researcher has shot dead four fellow staff members in a gun rampage at a university in Turkey.

The attacker killed the deputy dean, a faculty secretary and two lecturers at the Osmangazi University in the western Turkish city of Eskisehir.

According to local reports, the suspected shooter, identified as identified as Volkan D, turned himself in to police after the attack. 

The shooting sparked panic at the university, with both students and teachers in a state of shock. Television pictures showed people gathering outside the university’s main entrance while many ambulances were sent to the area.

A gunman has killed four members of staff in a shooting rampage at a university in Turkey

University staff say he has been detained by security forces. Hurriyet newspaper said three other people were wounded in the attack 

The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Rector Hasan Gonen told Turkish media the assailant entered the university’s education faculty with a gun and shot the four university staff members.

Eskisehir, a city of nearly one million, is on the railway line between Ankara and Istanbul and has rarely been the scene of any kind of violent attack. 

Turkey has in recent years been hit by a string of deadly attacks blamed on Kurdish militants and jihadists. However there was no indication of any link between Thursday’s shooting and extremist activity.