Suicide Bomber Stopped Trying to Attack Turkey's Prime Minister's Office

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A would-be suicide bomber was captured alive trying to enter the Prime Minister's building in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday, as police narrowly averted a potential disaster. The suspect was reportedly wrestled to the ground by police and arrested before he could enter the building. 

Earlier media reports stated the suspect had been shot and wounded by police, but officials later corrected that story to say that shots were only fired into the air and no one was hurt.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who heads to Russia on diplomatic visit today, was not in the building at the time of the attack.

Agence France-Presse also reports, via a local TV outlet, that someone contacted the television station before the incident to say they were a suicide bomber and heading the PM's office to blow himself up. Since the incident ended without any harm and the bomber never actually set off the explosives, perhaps they hoped to caught. Police are questioning the suspect and will hopefully learn his motive and who, if anyone, he might be working for.

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