Alleged Erdogan Assassination Plot Foiled

Turkish police say they have foiled an assassination attempt on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after they defused an explosive device placed inside a police officer’s car assigned to provide security to a rally in the predominantly-Kurdish town of Nusaybin in the southeastern Mardin province.

Police said they have defused the bomb, and also launched a full investigation into the incident.

The police officer whose car had the bomb headed 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast to Siirt where President Erdogan was about to address a large number of people amid the country’s economic fallout.

Erdogan is set to arrive in Doha Monday on an official visit to the country, during which he will head his country’s delegation at the Seventh meeting of the Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee.

The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Turkish President will discuss, on Tuesday, the relations of joint strategic cooperation and ways to enhance it in various fields, in addition to discussing the latest regional and international developments.

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