Turkish police announced on Friday night that security forces have begun a comprehensive search for forty Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) militants and four ISIS terrorists who entered the country illegally with the aim of carrying out terror attacks.
According to security sources, four ISIS suspects including one foreigner entered the country from Syria using fake IDs which were shown to media along with the suspects' real identities.
Alerting provincial and local police departments, officials announced that three out of the four ISIS suspects are members of a group named “Dokumacilar” - translated as “weavers”- into which an investigation has been launched.
The officials stated that the suspects were preparing to attack a rally or hijack an aircraft/vessel.
The ISIS suspects have been named by security forces as Omer Deniz D., Walentina S., Muhammed Zana A. and Savas Y.
It was also stated that 20-year-old Muhammed Zana A. goes under the name Murat Ozalp while 22-year-old Omer Deniz uses the name Emre Kaya and 32-year-old Savas Y. uses the name Hamza Tonbak.
Among the suspects Walentina S. has been identified as a 20-year-old Kazakh woman who uses the Turkish female name Yildiz Bozkurt.
Turkish authorities have asked citizens to notify police if they see something suspicious.
The two suicide bombers allegedly linked with ISIS carried out a terror attack targeting a “peace” march organised by leftist labor unions in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Oct.10.
At least 102 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured in the deadliest terror attack in the country’s modern history.
The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office identified one of the suspects in the twin bombings as Yunus Emre Alagoz, the brother of the Suruc suicide bomber who killed 33 people in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province.
Following the attack, Turkish police launched a comprehensive investigation to find the assailants.
At least four suspects have been arrested in relation to the attack while the penal court in Ankara has issued arrest warrants in absentia for nine suspects determined to be involved in the bombing.
The names of suspects were announced as Yunus Durmaz, Halil Ibrahim Durgun, Hasan Huseyin Ugur, Abdulmuttalip Demir, Burak Ormanoglu, Metin Akaltin, Mehmet Kadir Cebeal, Deniz Buyukcelebi and Haci Ali Durmaz.
Yunus Durmaz is said to have been ISIS' top commander in Gaziantep and is reportedly using the code name "Abu Ali."
Police also discovered that Durmaz owns a self storage unit in Gaziantep. Following a search of the unit, a large amount of ammunition, weapons and explosives were seized by security officers during an anti-terror operation.