A man suspected of driving the getaway car in the U.S. consulate attack says he was simply hired as a driver and had no idea that his passengers planned a terrorist attack, a Turkish newspaper reported Friday.
Police detained the man late Thursday suspecting he was the fourth gunman involved in Wednesday's shootout outside the consulate in Istanbul, a surprise raid that left three policemen and three attackers dead.
The Milliyet newspaper reported that suspect told interrogators he drove the attackers to the consulate for a fee but had no knowledge of their plans.
Another Turkish paper, Hurriyet, reported that the man told anti-terrorism police he fled the scene because he was afraid for his life. After Turkey launched a massive manhunt to find him, family members persuaded him to give himself up to police, Milliyet reported.
Neither paper cited its sources but police in Turkey routinely leak information through the media.
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