Research assistant kills four staff in gun attack at Turkish university

BREAKING: Shooter leaves four dead at university as cops rush to scene

A research assistant shot and killed four staff members at a university in central Turkey, the university's president said Thursday.

The state-run news agency Anadolu said police had arrested the gunman at Osmangazi University in the town of Eskisehir near the capital Ankara.

The three people injured in the attack were not yet identified and the motivation for the attack remains unclear.

Eskisehir, a city of around one million people, has been mostly spared of violence of any kind.

"Security guards followed him after he left the building with the gun, and police apprehended him after a brief chase", Gonen said.

A research assistant assistant at Osmangazi University entered the dean's office before moving on to other rooms and firing on multiple staff members, the university's rector Hasan Gonen told Anadolu.

Television pictures showed shocked staff and students gathering outside the university's main entrance.

Turkey has in recent years been hit by a string of deadly attacks blamed on Kurdish militants and jihadists.

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