Authorities on Tuesday reported that a suspect opened fire at Sweden's honorary consulate in the western Turkish province of Izmir, seriously injuring a Turkish employee.

Iran PressAsia: The local governor's office said the attack, which took place in the morning in Izmir's Konak district, was carried out by a person with mental health issues.

The police are investigating the incident, it added. The governor's office did not mention the consulate.

But broadcaster NTV said the attack took place outside Sweden's honorary consulate. The wounded woman, who was working as a secretary at the mission, was in critical condition, it added.

Turkish authorities detained the assailant and have launched an investigation into the incident, the governor's office said.

Honorary consulates represent nations' interests abroad but are not run by professional diplomats.

Recent months have seen repeated acts of Quran burning or desecration, or attempts to do so, by Islamophobic figures or groups, especially in northern European and Nordic countries, drawing outrage from both Muslim countries and worldwide.

Insulting the holy Quran in Sweden and Denmark has offended many Muslim countries, including Turkey, etc whose backing Sweden needs to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a goal of Stockholm following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

It is worth mentioning that the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly warned about the unfortunate consequences of the wrong policy of the governments of Sweden and Denmark in issuing permission for Quran desecration.


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