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Turkish PM targeted by fake bomber, official says

Turkish police take security measures on a road leading to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's offices in Ankara after a man tried to enter the building with a fake bomb on Thursday.
Turkish police take security measures on a road leading to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's offices in Ankara after a man tried to enter the building with a fake bomb on Thursday.Umit Bektas / Reuters

Turkish police on Thursday detained a man who tried to enter the prime minister’s office with a fake bomb, an official said.

The man refused to stop at a checkpoint near the building in the capital Ankara, so police fired warning shots into the air and wrestled him to the ground, an aide to the prime minister told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was not in the building at the time and nobody was injured by the gunfire, the aide said.

Turkish newspaper the Hurriyet Daily News and the Associated Press identified the man as Tuğrul Bayır, in his early 50s.

The newspaper said Bayır told officials shortly before the incident that he was going to stage a bomb attack on the prime minister’s office.

Interior Minister Muammer Güler told the Hurriyet Daily News the man had psychological problems, while Turkish television station NTV, citing unnamed officials, said he was trying to draw attention to his credit card debts.

"He had cables around his waist that looked like an explosive device," Guler told reporters.

The suspect was being questioned, the AP reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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