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Turkey Kills Suspected IS Bomber

Turkey Kills Suspected IS Bomber Turkey Kills Suspected IS Bomber

Turkish police shot dead a suspected Islamic State militant overnight who was believed to be planning a suicide bomb attack in the capital Ankara, the city’s governor said on Wednesday. It was the latest in a series of counter-terror police operations coinciding with a Turkey-backed operation in Syria to drive the militants away from its southern border, Reuters reported. Police tracked the suspect to the ninth floor of a building on Ankara’s outskirts, where he was killed in a gunfight around 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) after opening fire in response to a call to surrender, the state-run Anadolu Agency said. “The terrorist is judged to have been planning to carry out a suicide bomb attack and carried out reconnaissance around the old parliament building and Anitkabir,” Governor Ercan Topaca wrote on Twitter, referring to the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The suspect may have been targeting ceremonies to be held there on the Oct. 29 anniversary of the Turkish Republic’s foundation or on Nov. 10 to commemorate Ataturk’s death, Anadolu cited Topaca as saying. Police found explosive materials, including sticks of dynamite and ammonium nitrate, at the scene, the governor said.

 

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