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Gunman arrested over failed attack near Turkey president's office

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power since 2003 -- first serving as prime minister before becoming the country's 12th president in August 2014Turkish police said Thursday a suspected “terrorist” armed with grenades and old guns was arrested after a failed attack near the office in Istanbul of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police chief Selami Altinok said the “attack” was launched by a man suspected of being “a member of a terrorist organisation” and targeted police outside the Ottoman palace where the presidential offices are located. “Two hand grenades that he hurled against the police on duty did not explode. According to local media, the Turkish leader was not in his office in an annex of the historic Dolmabahce Palace where the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, died in 1938.

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