Isis suspects held in Turkey over planned new year’s attack

Turkish police seize suicide vests and arrest two suspects during raid on house in Ankara

Turkish police conduct security checks in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. Police in Ankara have arrested two suspected Islamic State militants. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish police conduct security checks in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. Police in Ankara have arrested two suspected Islamic State militants. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

 

Turkish police have detained two suspected Islamic State militants who were believed to be planning suicide attacks during new year celebrations in central Ankara.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said the two suspects, both Turkish nationals, were detained in a raid on a house in Ankara.

The agency, quoting an official from the city’s chief prosecutor’s office, said that police seized suicide vests containing bombs in the raid.

The agency said the attackers were planning to detonate the suicide vests at two locations during the celebrations.

The suspects are being questioned by anti-terrorism police.

Anadolu said the attackers were planning to detonate the vests near bars and a shopping centre.

Ankara attack

In October, two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests during a peace rally in Ankara, killing more than 100 people.

The prosecutor’s office said those attacks were carried out by a local cell of the Islamic State group.

More than 30 people were also killed in an Islamic State suicide attack in the town of Suruc, near Turkey’s border with Syria, in July.

PA