Turkish police find DAESH plans for further terror attacks

Turkish police discover DAESH plans for further terror attacks targeting several other locations across Turkey

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Several DAESH suspects have been detained by Turkish police during anti-terror operations since the suicide bombing.

Turkish police on Thursday discovered plans for further terror attacks in a computer belonging to Yunus Durmaz who was arrested after the Ankara bombing over links with the DAESH terrorist group.

According to security sources, the plans involved targeting 26 different locations in 19 provinces across Turkey including Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Adana and Mersin.

On Oct. 10 twin suicide bombings targeted a “peace” march which was organised by leftist labour unions in Turkey’s capital Ankara, killing 102 people and injuring more than 500 others.

The bombing was the deadliest attack in modern Turkish history.

During the investigation process after the bombing, one of the suspects for whom an arrest warrant had been issued was revealed to have links with DAESH.

The police identified one of the suspects as Yunus Durmaz - code name “Ebu Ali” - who was reportedly the so-called "Antep Commander" of DAESH and in charge of the group in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep.

The police also found out that Durmaz owns a self storage unit in Gaziantep. Upon a search of the unit on Oct. 21, six AK-47 Kalashnikov machine guns, one gun with a silencer, 22 F1-type hand grenades, 1,683 bullets of various sizes and brands, 8 detonators, computer and organisational documents were seized by security officers.

Following a search of the computer, the Intelligence Department in Ankara retrieved several photos and organisational documents which included notes about the provinces where the terrorist group planned to carry out attacks.

The reports indicated that the plans were aimed at targeting political party headquarters, newspapers and culture centers. The terrorist group also researched people from different ethnic groups or religious sects and marked their homes on the maps in order to carry out attacks.

One of the Ankara suicide bombers was identified on Oct. 19 as Yunus Emre Alagoz, the brother of the Suruc suicide bomber Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, who killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 on July 20 in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa Province.

The second suicide bomber was indentified by Turkish authorities on January 10 by his inititals as E.U., a Syrian national.

TRTWorld, AA