The man, 32 year old Mustafa Bagdat, apparently admitted on questioning that he had planned to "use all of the bullets in the gun." There were eight bullets found in the gun. Bagdat is thought to have traveled from Mersin to Kutahya, and it was also indicated that he maintained close ties with extreme nationalistic organizations. Said Bagdat, "I am a strong patriot. Our soldiers are dying every day while our government does nothing. I am very disturbed by this, which is why I had this reaction."
On his way to the US last night for meeting, PM Erdogan responded relaxedly to reporters' questions about whether he had been scared by the apparent attempt on his life: "Incidents like these are not foreign to my experience, they happen."