Suspect linked to ISIS kidnapping arrested in Turkey

Turkish security officers seize suspect accused of helping ISIS to kidnap Turkish soldiers

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish soldiers seen patrolling by Syrian border in this archive photo

A Turkish suspect accused of aiding ISIS  kidnap a Turkish soldier named Sefer Tas on Sept. 1, is undergoing interrogation by the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the gendarmerie forces and police department, according to Turkish media reports on Sunday.

On Sept. 1, clashes took place between a group of smugglers trying to cross from Syria into Turkey and Turkish border security officers in near village of Yavuzlu in the southern province of Kilis.

Turkish soldier Yusuf Beylam was killed while Sefer Tas was reported to be missing and it later emerged later that he was kidnapped by ISIS militants during the clashes. Security officers said efforts to bring Tas back home are still continuing.

On Friday, Turkish intelligence officials detained a suspect in the Elbeyli district of Kilis,who is accused of being among those who organised the kidnapping of Tas. The arrest has been interpreted as a significant development in the attempt to find Tas.

The suspect, whose name has been kept sealed, was said to be caught as he was trying to enter Turkey illegaly.

Speaking to the Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet, an official from the ministry of interior affairs said “a very important suspect is caught.”

It was reported that following the clashes on Sept. 1, Tas -  who was injured in the fighting - was first carried to the border with a jeep and taken to the town of Cobanbey in Syria's Aleppo Province and then on to the ISIS-held district of Bab in the same province.

According to media reports, Tas was treated at a hospital in Bab and then imprisoned in Raqqa.

On July 23, ISIS killed a Turkish non-commissioned officer,Yalcin Nane, and injured two sergeants by opening a gunfire from Syria on Turkey’s Kilis.

On Sept. 10, a Turkish soldier, Gokhan Cakir, patrolling Turkey’s border with Syria in southern Hatay Province was injured in a suspected ISIS attack.

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