Fenerbahce star survives gun attack thanks to his bulletproof car

Mehmet Topal escaped unharmed after unknown assailants opened fire on his vehicle on the way home from training in Istanbul.

Topal is a Turkish international.
Topal is a Turkish international.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

UNKNOWN ATTACKERS FIRED at the car of Turkey international Mehmet Topal in Istanbul earlier today but the Fenerbahce midfielder escaped unhurt.

Topal was travelling home from the club’s training facility when unknown assailants opened fire on his car in the Sancaktepe neighbourhood on the Asian side of Istanbul, Fenerbahce said in a statement.

It said that Topal, who appeared to have been driving himself, escaped unhurt because his car was bulletproof.

The 29-year-old pulled his car off the road to ask for help from the police, private NTV television said.

NTV’s pictures showed a single dent on the car made by a bullet.

Mehmet Topal Source: YouTube

“This is a terrorist attack,” the club said, strongly condemning the incident. There was no immediate indication over who was behind the attack.

A bus carrying Fenerbahce players had been shot at in April as the Turkish Super Lig side returned home following an away game in the Black Sea province of Rize.

- © AFP 2015

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