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Man Claiming to Have Explosives Arrested Outside of U.S. Consulate in Istanbul


"Mentally unstable."

ISTANBUL (TheBlaze/AP) — A Turkish news agency said Friday police detained man who claimed to have explosives attached on his body. The man outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul was described as "mentally unstable."

The Dogan news agency said police arrested the man who stood outside the consulate building, his hand placed inside his coat.

Turkish forensic officers prepare to remove a vehicle front of the US consulate in Istanbul on February 27, 2015. Istanbul police detained one man in front of the United States consulate in Istanbul on February 27 after he threatened to detonate a bomb he said he was carrying. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

It was not immediately known whether the man, who was not identified, was carrying explosives. A source speaking to NBC News on the condition of anonymity though said explosives were not found on the scene.

Authorities search a car parked in front of the U.S. consulate after a man claimed he carried explosives. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the Twitter feed for the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul (via an unofficial translation), the man was taken into custody and his car was searched without issue.

Watch this report from Reuters about the incident:

This story has been updated to include more information.

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