Man arrested after throwing grenade in front of Turkish palace
The police brought the suspect to the anti-terrorism branch. (AFP/File)
Police on Thursday named the suspect as Firat O., who also underwent a medical checkup after his detention.
Istanbul Security Director Selami Altinok said the suspect was in his 30’s and had a previous criminal record. The suspect served time in jail between 2003 and 2006.
Police also said the suspect was believed to be a member of an outlawed organization. He was taken to the Istanbul police’s anti-terrorism branch after the incident.
According to the Istanbul police department’s version of events, the suspect approached the police booth and lobbed a hand grenade, which did not explode.
The suspect then allegedly tried to shoot at police officers using a pistol and rifle. But the police overpowered him when the attacker’s gun misfired.
Later, a bomb disposal squad was called in to defuse two grenades used in the attack.