Friday, January 2, 2015

Grenades Hurled at Office of Turkish PM


ANKARA – Nobody was hurt Thursday when a man hurled two grenades at police outside the Turkish prime minister’s office at Istanbul’s Dolmabache Palace, Today’s Zaman newspaper reported.

The grenades failed to detonate and police quickly subdued the assailant, who was found in possession of an automatic pistol and a homemade explosive device.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rarely uses the office at Dolmabache.

The attacker is a “member of a known terrorist organization,” Istanbul police chief Selami Altinok told reporters.

While authorities did not disclose the man’s name, Turkish media identified him as Firat O., a leftist militant who spent 2003-2006 behind bars.

Security forces cordoned off the area around the palace as the investigation began.

Davutoglu was last in the Dolmabache Palace office a month ago, when he met there with visiting Iraqi Kurdish leader Nechirvan Barzani, Hurriyet Daily said. 


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