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Daesh-linked suspects detained in anti-terror operations in Turkey

06 March, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Daesh-linked suspects detained in anti-terror operations in Turkey

The U.S. embassy said on its web page late on Sunday that the mission would be closed due to a security threat, and urged U.S. citizens to avoid the embassy as well as large crowds.

Starting March 5, the Embassy will provide "only emergency services", the Monday announcement said. The Turkish Interior Ministry said security forces and the military arrested 4,698 people in the past week.

It advised United States citizens in Turkey to avoid large crowds, the embassy building, and to be aware of their own security when visiting tourist sites and crowded places.

According to The Anadolu Agency, the country's state-run media outlet, the suspects are Iraqi nationals and believed to be members of the Islamic State. It did not specify the nature of the security threat.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the US embassy had shared intelligence with Turkey's intelligence and security authorities, leading to "important results".

Daesh-linked suspects detained in anti-terror operations in Turkey

The suspects detained on charges of plotting an attack against the U.S. Embassy in Ankara were taken to the police station for formal legal proceedings. The operation came a day after the local USA embassy was closed for what it said were unspecified security reasons.

Several digital documents were seized in the operation, the agency reported.

In addition, the Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office said police have detained 12 suspected ISIL militants in Ankara and are searching for eight others. The source said that the arrested suspects, who are Iraqi nationals, were supposedly recruiting members for the terror group and were in contact with conflict zones.

The Governorate of the Turkish capital separately warned of an attack on the USA embassy or public venues where Americans frequent.

In 2013, the same Marxist group, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), used a suicide bomber to assault the US Embassy in Ankara, killing a Turkish security guard and the perpetrator. A lone gunman killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's Eve celebrations.




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