Turkey Detains Two Suspected IS Members Planning Attack

ANKARA (Reuters) -

Turkish police on Wednesday detained two suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group believed to have been plotting suicide attacks on its capital, Ankara, for this Thursday night, a senior government official said.

The official told Reuters the two men, who entered Turkey from Syria, were thought to have been preparing an attack on Kizilay square in the centre of Ankara, where crowds usually gather to celebrate the beginning of the new civil year.

A spokesman for the police terrorism division in Ankara declined to comment.

A double suicide bombing blamed on IS killed more than 100 people in Ankara in October, and Turkey has since stepped up its efforts to combat terrorism.

Turkey has a 900-km (550-mile) border with Syria, some of which is controlled by IS on the Syrian side and has been used as a transit route by would-be terrorists from early on in Syria’s civil war.