Suruc bomber's vest allegedly reveals ISIS links

Vest found in Suruc suicide bombing scene reveals militant’s ISIS links, Turkish officials report

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish police revealed that the vest which was found at the scene of the Suruc suicide bombing had the exact same structure with the 33 suicide bomber vests seized in October 2014 during an anti-terror operation against ISIS.

A total of 33 vests to be used in suicide attacks were seized in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep during anti-terror operations launched by the Gaziantep Police Department in October 2014.

The vests were claimed to belong to suspects who were connected with Ilhami Bali, working as an ISIS border executive.

Turkish officials confirmed that the delivery of rifles, ammunition and also human trafficking activities were carried out by individuals who are linked with Bali.

The bomb and necessary equipment were believed to be on route to be shipped to the planned locations before the attacks by individuals linked with Bali were to be carried out.

The Suruc suicide bombing which was allegedly carried out by an ISIS member, Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, killed 32 civilians in the garden of the Amara Culture Centre where members of the pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting, before planning to cross into Syria to support the people of Kobani on Monday.

According to Turkish police, Alagoz attended ISIS bomb training with Orhan Gonder who carried out the bombing of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir that killed four civilians on June 5.

Orhan Gonder reportedly said that he joined ISIS in October 2014 following Kurdish riots over Kobani between Oct. 6-7 after he was threatened by the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the outlawed PKK.

Both PKK and ISIS are recognised as terrorist organisations by Turkey, the US and the EU.

The events of Oct. 6-7 took place after HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas called his party’s supporters to the streets to rally in support of the northern Syrian city Kobani, which at the time was besieged by ISIS.

The protests triggered bloody clashes between conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) supporters and the YDG-H, which is blamed for attacks and the resulting deaths of more than 40 people.

Meanwhile, Alagoz’s father stated that his son who carried out the Suruc bombing had joined ISIS in May 2015 and that police had been looking for him as a terror suspect.

On the other hand, Turkish officials stated that Canadian passport holder Muhammad al Rashid who was accused of illegally smuggling three British girls and foreign fighters into Syria is also alleged to have connections with Bali.

TRTWorld and agencies