Safeties installed on automatic rifles of Turkish police officers during minister’s visit

Turkish authorities have installed safety catches on M16 automatic rifles used by a special police force during a visit by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in an apparent move to prevent an assassination attempt or an accident.

On Tuesday, Interior Minister Soylu attended a ceremony at the Gölbaşı Cemetery in Ankara to commemorate the victims of a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

He was saluted by a team of special force police officers whose automatic rifles had safeties installed.

In a similar development in June, the service revolvers of soldiers at the Hadımköy Gendarmerie Command in İstanbul were taken away during a visit by Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan out of security concerns. (turkishminute.com) July 11, 2017

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