Turkey arrests two alleged suicide bombers in east of country

Turkish security forces capture two suicide bombers who have alleged links to PKK terrorist organisation in country’s eastern province of Mus

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish security forces have been spotted in Turkey’s eastern province of Mus on March 17, 2016.

Security forces have captured two suicide bombers, who allegedly prepared to carry out attacks, in Turkey’s eastern province of Mus on Thursday.

Mus Governorate has released a statement saying that provincial security forces have detained two suspects on whom there was an intelligence that they could “conduct an act of suicide attack in the name of the PKK/KCK,” during operations on March 23.

The suspects have been sent to the respective court which has made a decision to arrest them on the grounds of “being a member of an armed terror group” on Thursday.

Most recently, the TAK, which is affiliated with the PKK terrorist group, claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 37 people on March 13 in the Kizilay District near Guvenpark in Ankara, which adjoins a major transportation hub of bus and minibus stops and the city's central metro station.

Turkish border guards also stopped a suspected DAESH-linked suicide bomber on the Syrian frontier on Tuesday in the southeastern province of Gaziantep which borders Syria.

The suspected bomber, who was carrying an explosive belt, was arrested alongside nine other suspects, according to Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu Agency.

Turkey’s efforts to tackle terror recruits seeking to cross Syria and Iraq using its territory have become apparent this week following bomb attacks in Belgium.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that one of the attackers in the Brussels suicide bombings was deported last June from Turkey, which subsequently warned Belgium authorities that he was a foreign terrorist.

Belgium has named two brothers as being the DAESH suicide bombers responsible for the attacks in Brussels which killed at least 31 people on Tuesday, adding that another suspect is still on the run.

Deporting and banning “foreign fighters” heading to join groups such as DAESH have been a common practice used by Turkey against the infiltration of terror groups to its Syrian and Iraqi borders.

Turkey has barred 38,269 suspects from 128 countries since 2011 and deported 3,290 suspects from 95 nations, including the recent Brussels bomb suspect Brahim al Bakraoui.

Turkey has also taken extensive measures along its southern borders, building concrete barriers, wire fencing and establishing additional security lighting system and risk analysis centers to detect suspects at airports and bus terminals as part of country’s counterterrorism drive.

TRTWorld and agencies