A Man With Weapon and Bomb Detained Near Turkish PM’s Office

n_76369_1An armed man has been detained in front of the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, which also houses a prime ministerial office, after throwing a bomb that failed to explode at police officers, Turkish media reported Jan. 1.

The man threw a hand grenade at the sentry post, but the bomb did not explode. Officers quickly intervened and handcuffed the assailant.

An automatic weapon and a homemade bomb were found on the suspect.

All security forces in the area were mobilized seconds after the incident. Police blockaded the area and began an investigation, while the suspect was taken to apolice station.

The main road in front of the palace has been closed to traffic and a bomb disposal team has been dispatched to the area.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Davutoğlu’s predecessor as prime minister, regularly used the office at Dolmabahçe Palace during his term.