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Swedish teen shot while sunbathing in Turkey

Swedish teen shot while sunbathing in Turkey

Published: 27 May 2012 11:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 May 2012 11:59 GMT+02:00

The young Swede, who is reported to be from Kiruna in northern Sweden, was rushed to hospital in the popular holiday destination of Antalya and underwent a successful operation.

"He runs into the room and says that something has happened with his back... We can see that there is blood and he has a hole in the middle of his lower back," the boy's father told the local Norrbottens-Kuriren daily.

The boy is reported to have been fortunate in that the bullet was found lodged close to his spine, but as he had been lying down at the time it had stayed in the flesh of his back.

"At first we though that it was some sort of air-rifle... but on the x-rays you can see that it is a real bullet," the boy's father said, adding that doctors later concluded that it was a nine millimetre pistol round.

The incident has left the family baffled as no one heard a shot. The 17-year-old was himself listening to music at the time as he sunbathed.

Turkish police have opened an investigation into the incident and are working on a theory that the shot was fired from a distance and hit the boy by mistake, according to Norrbottens-Kuriren.

The family have meanwhile returned to Sweden.

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Your comments about this article

23:09 May 27, 2012 by voiceofreason
As with most Middle East countries (Turkey you might argue is Europe), they shoot in the air to celebrate. The problem is what ever goes up will come down and with a bullet, it does so at the terminal and often times fatal velocity.
05:04 May 28, 2012 by Douglas Garner
A child in Los Angeles was killed about 12 years ago when a stray holiday bullet came down into his head on July 4th. Tragic.
06:56 May 28, 2012 by robban70226
ReAL Tragic...... :-((
10:09 May 28, 2012 by Localer
shoot in the air bullet can kill when it comes down ? wow
13:31 May 28, 2012 by Thebinary1
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