Head of Turkish state lottery shot dead

Türkiye Materials 16 November 2007 12:29 (UTC +04:00)

( Reuters ) - The head of the Turkish state lottery, Ihya Balak, was shot dead on Friday in his office in Ankara by an employee of the lottery, television stations and state-run Anatolian news agency said.

A lottery employee said Balak had been shot around 9:30 am (0730 GMT) but could not confirm whether Balak had died. He said police had sealed off the building.

CNN Turk television said the attacker was a former inspector at the state lottery, who shot Balak in the head.

No further details were immediately available.