ANKARA, Turkey – The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for seriously wounding a Syrian journalist in an attack in Turkey.
Mohammed Zahir al Sherqat who, worked for Halab Today TV, was shot in the neck from close range while walking in the street in the city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, on Sunday. He was hospitalized in serious condition; his assailant escaped, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
The IS claimed the attack on Monday through the IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency's official Twitter account.
It was the fourth attack on a Syrian journalist in Turkey claimed by the extremist group. Last year, two journalists were found with their throats slit while third journalist was shot dead in the street in Gaziantep.
Aamaq said Sherqat "used to present anti-Islamic State programs."