Turkish police foil 'assassination' bid on PM Erdogan

The incident happened on Friday as the Prime Minister was leaving an opening ceremony in Istanbul's Sultangazi district.

Turkish police foil 'assassination' bid on PM Erdogan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police in Istanbul have foiled a supposed attempt to assassinate the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a gunman was caught approaching his car.

The incident happened on Friday as the Prime Minister was leaving an opening ceremony in Istanbul's Sultangazi district.

According to Turkey's Aksam newspaper, the suspect was caught after being spotted with a firearm approaching Erdogan's convoy as it slowed down to get through a crowd of supporters.

On noticing the suspect, simply identified as 32-year-old F.Y., police immediately tackled him. The suspect then threw his gun at Erdogan's vehicle.

After the suspect was arrested, the gun was found to contain a 9mm bullet.

The suspect, who is now being held by counterterrorism police, is not believed to have any ties with any particular group.

Four special interrogators from Ankara were sent to question the suspect, who said that his intention was not to kill the Prime Minister, but simply to scare him.

The authorities, however, are continuing to investigate the individual, who confessed to 'hating' the Prime Minister.

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