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Turkish Police Uncover Explosive Before Erdogan Rally: TRT Haber

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends an event in Siirt, Turkey on Dec. 4.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends an event in Siirt, Turkey on Dec. 4.

Photographer: Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Turkish police found an explosive device under a vehicle that belongs to a police officer who was supposed to be on duty at a rally for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Saturday morning, according to state-run TRT Haber.

The improvised explosive under the police officer’s personal vehicle was found in Mardin, a province in the southeast that’s more 125 miles (200 kilometers) away from the rally held in Siirt, the outlet said. The explosive was discovered before the police officer traveled to Siirt and was defused by bomb squads.