In a massive terror raid, Turkish authorities have seized 150 kilograms of explosives and twarted a major attack, according to the Dogan news agency.
The raid came while U.S. CIA Director Mike Pompeo is visiting Turkey to meet with meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Turkey’s spy chief, Hakan Fidan.
Four suspected Islamic State militants have been arrested outside Gaziantep, close to the Syrian border. During the raid, police confiscated suicide attack belts, remote control detonators and several guns; equipment authorities believe was intended for use in a major terror attack.
Video of the police operation Thursday shows detection dogs uncovering weapons and explosives that were buried in a barren field.
Turkish police have escalated their anti-terror operations since a New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub in which 39 people were killed. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the carnage.
Last week, Turkish authorities launched a massive sting operation that spanned 29 provinces, targeting would-be terrorists. The initiative resulted in the detention of 750 people suspected to have ties to the Islamic State.
H/T: VOA News
The Hurriyet Daily News further reported:
The Governor’s Office said in a written statement that one of the detained suspects had been sought on charges of “being a member of a terror organization,” having been instructed by high-ranking militants active in conflict zones in Syria to stage “sensational attacks” around Turkey.
It also added that around 150 kilograms of 24 suicide bomber belts strengthened with metal, 14 kilograms of TNT, two Kalashnikovs, 19 mobile phone bomb key systems, 21 digital clock time-set bomb key systems, 20 suicide bomb toggle switch key systems, one pistol, 52 7.62-milimeter diameter cartridges, 100 electric capsules, 300 normal capsules, 30 nine millimeter diameter full cartridges, two Kalashnikov clips, two pistol clips, one mobile phone, a SIM card and a memory card were also seized during searches conducted in line with the suspects’ testimonies.
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