A Russian national who admitted he was a member of the Islamic State was arrested by Turkish authorities Thursday for plotting to carry out an attack on a U.S. military plane at the Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey.
The airbase is used by United States military in its fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Renat Bakiev, a Russian man who had been previously deported from Turkey after he had attempted to cross the Syrian border illegally, was captured back in the country on Thursday and arrested.
Bakiev was caught near the airbase, where he had arrived riding a bicycle and was scouting out the area, the Telegraph reported.
According to Turkish authorities, Bakiev admitted he was affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and was planning an attack on the airbase. He confessed that he intended to shoot down a US military plane with a drone, and said he wanted to carry out an attack against U.S. nationals.
During the interrogation, Bakiev also admitted to planning an attack on the Alevi religious minority group in Adana, which practices a form of the Shiite branch of Islam, describing them as “enemies of Allah,” Reuters reported.
Irina Kasimova, a spokeswoman for the Russian embassy in Turkey, stated Thursday, “This morning, Turkish media reported [the police] detaining Russian national Renat Bakiev on Turkish soil upon suspicion that he was involved in terrorist activities. The Russian consulate is working on clarifying the situation and the circumstances of the case.”
Turkish media outlet Daily Sabah described Bakiev as a Daesh terrorist and said he had used a Telegram messaging app to contact the terror group about raising money to buy an aerial drone for the purpose of taking down a U.S. aircraft at Incirlik.
Bakiev had also previously appeared in court for making threats in an area northwest of Istanbul.
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