Turkey detains five ISIL suspects 'planning polling day attack'

Turkish authorities already detained 19 suspected ISIL supporters in the Aegean city of Izmir on Tuesday, accused of planning to sabotage voting in the referendum.

Turkey detains five ISIL suspects 'planning polling day attack'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish police on Friday detained five suspected ISIL militants in Istanbul accused of planning a "sensational" attack targeting the weekend referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Police detained the five, including one citizen of Tajikistan, in simultaneous raids on three districts, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

It said they were acting on intelligence of a planned "sensational" attack on Sunday's tightly contested referendum. It did not give further details.

In the latest issue of its magazine Al-Naba, ISIL had called for attacks against polling stations in Turkey.

Turkey has been hit by a series of attacks in the last 18 months blamed on ISIL and Kurdish militants.

The last major attack claimed by ISIL was on January 1 when an armed man stormed an Istanbul nightclub and shot 39 people dead during New Year celebrations.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Nisan 2017, 13:09