Turkish authorities arrest man who hurled grenade at PM's Istanbul office

Explosive device fails to explode outside palace in Turkey's largest city.

January 1, 2015 18:47
Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul . (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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Turkish authorities arrested a man on Thursday after he threw a hand grenade at police officers that failed to detonate outside the prime minister's office in Istanbul.

Police discovered an automatic weapon along with a homemade bomb on the suspect, aged around 30, according to Turkish daily Hurriyet.

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No injuries were reported in the incident that occurred outside the Dolmabahçe Palace during a ceremony commemorating the founder of modern Turkey and the state's first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Istanbul's police chief said the assailant had served time in prison and had links to what he described as terrorist organizations, without going into further details, Dogan News Agency reported.

It was not immediately clear if Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in the palace at the time, although both he and his predecessor, current President Tayyip Erdogan, have used the office there regularly.

Kurdish insurgents, nationalist, Islamist and left-wing groups have targeted security forces in Turkey in the past

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