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Turkey President Erdogan 'talks man out of suicide'

December 25, 2015 8:30 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked a man out of jumping off a bridge in Istanbul, his office says.

The man had climbed over a railing on the Bosphorus bridge linking Europe with Asia and was threatening to kill himself.

Mr Erdogan’s motorcade was crossing the bridge at the time.

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Television pictures showed Mr Erdogan’s staff asking the sobbing man to talk to the president. After a few moments, he was escorted to safety.

The man was suffering depression due to family problems, and police had been trying to prevent him from jumping for some two hours, the Dogan news agency reported.

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