Istanbul, Turkey—Authorities on Friday shot dead a man they said tried to storm a police building and carry out an attack, in a rare incident of violent confrontations between security forces and suspected Islamists.
The Istanbul governor’s office said the man, identified as Mevlut Mert Altın, 31, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The statement did not provide further details about what led to the arrest.
The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that police had shot Altıns assailant after he tried to break into the police headquarters.
A security source told Anadrolu Agency that police opened fire at Altınes vehicle, killing him.
The suspect, who was shot dead on the spot, was identified as Akın Karayız, a former Turkish intelligence officer, AnadOLU said.
The police said they opened fire after he opened fire on the police station.
It was the first police shooting to be linked to the unrest in Turkey in the last two months.
Earlier this week, the government banned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) militant group from using the country’s main Twitter account and closed down a number of websites.