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Turkey Detains Suspected ISIS Members, Foils Plot

Turkey Detains Suspected ISIS Members, Foils Plot

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 10:45
FILE PHOTO © Murad Sezer / Reuters

Turkish authorities have detained three people suspected of belonging to ISIS terror group and were plotting an attack targeting celebrations of Turkey's national day on Tuesday, state-owned Anadolu news agency

reported.


The detentions came two days after US President Donald Trump announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a raid by US special forces in northwest Syria, near the Turkish border.


The three suspects are believed to have been preparing an attack to disrupt Republic Day celebrations in Istanbul, Anadolu said, Reuters reported.


On Tuesday Turks were marking the 96th anniversary of the founding of the secular Turkish republic on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.


Turkish anti-terrorism and intelligence police units established that the suspects had been in contact with people who would provide logistic support for the attack, according to Anadolu.


It was not immediately clear whether the planned attack was directly linked to the killing of Baghdadi.


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