Man opens fire on Turkish president's office: reports

Man opens fire on Turkish president's office: reports
Thu Jan 1, 2015 19:18:28

A man opened fire and threw a grenade, which did not explode, Thursday at the Istanbul offices of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish media reports said.

The man was immediately arrested at the site, which is part of the Dolmabahce complex in Istanbul, CNN-Turk news television reported. It was not immediately clear whether Erdogan was present at the time.

The report said the unidentified assailant was armed with an automatic rifle and a pistol and that he opened fire before throwing the hand grenade, which did not go off.

Police then destroyed the device in a controlled explosion, NTV channel said.

There was no immediate word on the arrested man's motives.

Erdogan, who served as prime minister between 2003 and 2014, was elected president last year. The strongman has come under growing accusations of authoritarianism.