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Prominent surgeon Bingur Sonmez shot in eastern Turkey

Renowned Turkish cardiovascular surgeon, Bingur Sonmez was assaulted by an unidentified person, or people, in a square in the eastern province of Kars in Turkey on Sunday, reported an AA correspondent in the region  Following a commemoration for Sarikamis martyrs, who fought in World War I, Bingur Sonmez was shot in the arm and the leg in Gaziler square before being taken to Sarikamis Public Hospital, according to a hospital official.  "Turkish surgeon's medical condition is fine, he is conscious. He got shot in his leg and arm so we performed a medical intervention and he is taking a rest in his room now," said Kars Kafkas University research hospital head doctor Miktat Kaya. Meanwhile, former Sarikamis mayor Ilhan Ozbilen was taken into custody as a suspect. Police have not yet indicated a reason for the detainment.  Apart from his professional duty as a cardiovascular surgeon, Bingur Sonmez is a prominent figure in the community, presiding an association called the "Sarikamis Community of Interest".

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