BERLIN — Prosecutors say shots were fired at the car of a German-Turkish soccer player on a German highway and they’ve launched an investigation on suspicion of attempted homicide.

Katja Schlenkermann-Pitts, a spokeswoman for Aachen prosecutors, said several shots apparently were fired at Deniz Naki’s car on the A4 highway Sunday night. She said Monday no one was hurt and prosecutors “are of course investigating in all directions.”

Naki currently plays for Amed SK, a club in Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast. The player, who is visiting his family in Germany, told German daily Die Welt that he believes he was targeted because of his political role in Turkey.

The player was given an 18-month suspended sentence last year in Turkey on accusations of terrorist propaganda for the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, Die Welt reported.

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