Armed assailant captured in front of İstanbul palace

SHAFAQNA- Photos from the scene show a man being kept down by police officers in ceremonial uniforms. The man was detained and taken to a police station inside the palace, the private Cihan news agency has said.

Police closed the road in front of Dolmabahçe Palace to traffic and a bomb disposal team was dispatched to the scene, according to the Doğan news agency.

The man was reportedly captured by the police officers after he threw a hand grenade at the guard station in front of the palace. The bomb did not detonate.

İstanbul police chief, Selami Altınok, said the police have defused two hand grenades that the unidentified assailant was carrying. He told reporters that the assailant had been imprisoned in 2003-2006 but did not say on what charges or reveal his identity.

The 19th-century palace, which served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire in its final years, today houses a prime ministerial office. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, died in a bedroom in the palace on Nov. 10, 1938.


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