Turkey detains man suspected of planning US Consulate attack

Turkish authorities detain suspected DAESH terrorist for allegedly planning suicide attack on US Consulate in Istanbul

Photo by: AP (Archive )
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A US flag flutters in front of the US Consulate building in Istanbul, Turkey

Updated Dec 18, 2015

A Turkish Goverment official on Tuesday reported that a DAESH terrorist was arrested by police officers for allegedly mapping out a suicide attack on the US Consulate located in Turkey’s Istanbul province, 

The suspect identified as Muhammed Raghil al Hardani - reported to be of Syrian origin - was detained at a bus stop in the southeastern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras, close to the border with Syria.

An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said a court order had been issued in the southeastern city, where the man will stay in jail awaiting trial following questioning by anti-terror police. 

Last week the US consulate issued a warning, noting that consular services will not be available due to "information about a possible security threat." 

Turkish intelligence working in collaboration with US reported that Hardani crossed into Turkey late November and was planning to carry out the attack while consulate members were in a meeting. 

Authorities traced the suspect from Samsun, a city in northern Turkey, and monitored his movements. He was crossing over to Gaziantep Province when he was arrested. 

Another suspect detained over the incident was released after questioning. 

DAESH terrorists are suspected of carrying out two suicide attacks on Turkey near a town on the Syrian border in July and in Ankara in October. More than 100 civilians died in those attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies