Turkey nabs Islamic State suspects planning ‘sensational’ attack
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Turkey nabs Islamic State suspects planning ‘sensational’ attack

Four people detained as police seize 24 suicide bomb vests and 2 rifles in raid near border with Syria

The city of Gaziantep (photo credit: CC-BY-SA Annette von Spiegel/Wikipedia)
The city of Gaziantep (photo credit: CC-BY-SA Annette von Spiegel/Wikipedia)

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency said police have detained four Islamic State suspects who were allegedly planning to carry out a “sensational” attack.

Anadolu Agency said Thursday the suspects were detained in an operation in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. Police seized 24 suicide attack belts made with some 150 kilograms of explosives, two automatic rifles and other material, it said.

There was no detail on the suspects’ nationalities.

Last year, Turkey suffered a series of deadly attacks carried out by IS or Kurdish militants.

Some 750 people with alleged IS links were detained in a major police sweep in 29 Turkish provinces last week.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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