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Vandals attack selfie-taking Ottoman prince statue

ISTANBUL (AP) — A statue erected in a Turkish city of an Ottoman prince taking a selfie with a cellphone has been vandalized amid strong criticism of the artwork.

Just days after it was erected, someone — perhaps offended by disparagement of Ottoman history — hacked off the phone and the prince’s sword. The mayor’s office in Amasya, a city an hour south of Turkey’s Black Sea coast, said police have been ordered to guard the disarmed prince.

The statue, intended to attract tourists, has its defenders, and some people have been mugging for their own selfies with the eccentric prince.

“It is certainly very beautiful,” the Hurriyet Daily News newspaper quoted Dilek Tuna, a visitor from the central Turkish province of Corum, as saying. “It’s different.”

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