Dündar’s wife first to intervene in attack targeting journalist
REUTERS photoDilek Dündar, the wife of daily Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar, was the first to intervene in an armed attack targeting her husband, holding the assailant by the collar and preventing him from leaving the scene of the attack.
“I advanced towards him [the assailant] when I saw the gun. At that moment he shouted, “You are a traitor,” and fired two shots. Meanwhile, they took Can somewhere else,” Dilek Dündar said.
In addition, main opposition People’s Republican Party deputy Muharrem Erkek grabbed the assailant by his throat.
Dündar escaped unharmed from the armed attack in front of the Istanbul Çağlayan courthouse on May 6 following the fourth hearing of a case on stories published about Turkish intelligence trucks allegedly bound for Syria with hidden weapons in early 2014.
The assailant, identified as Murat Şahin, who was born in 1976 and registered in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas, approached Dündar as he was speaking to reporters during the break. He fired two shots at Dündar’s legs, saying, “You are a traitor.” The assailant was detained while Dündar was uninjured.