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Turkey detains 4 jihadists ‘planning Ankara May Day attack’

Turkish police on Sunday detained four suspected Islamic State jihadists who were allegedly planning an attack on May Day celebrations in the capital Ankara, according to the state-run Anatolia news.

Initial investigations showed that the four were Syrian citizens who had been in Ankara for some time, the agency adds, without giving details on the nature of the attack.

Turkey is on high alert after a string of attacks blamed on jihadists and Kurdish militants this year. Three Israelis were killed and 11 injured in a suicide attack in Istanbul in March.

The bodies of three Israelis killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul lie in caskets on the cargo ramp of an IDF airplane on Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Foreign Ministry)
The bodies of three Israelis killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul lie in caskets on the cargo ramp of an IDF airplane on Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Foreign Ministry)

Turkish authorities have blamed IS for the double suicide bombing on a pro-Kurdish peace rally in Ankara last October that killed 103 people, the bloodiest attack in the country’s history.

— With AFP

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