Turkey Arrests 4 IS Members Suspected of Planning Attack on US Embassy

Randolph Lopez
March 6, 2018

Later on in the day, police detained four other Daesh terrorist suspects allegedly planning an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on the Samsun-Ankara highway.

The statement said the embassy will be closed "due to a security threat".

The arrests were coincidental with the closure of the U.S. embassy in Ankara for unclear security threat. "The Embassy will announce its reopening, once it resumes services", the embassy wrote Sunday on its official website.

The detentions came after the Ankara Governor's Office stated late on March 4 that extra security measures had been taken in the city upon intelligence that "terrorist actions" could take place in areas where US citizens are located.

Earlier on Monday, police detained 12 IS suspects in Ankara and were searching for eight others, Anadolu reported, although it was not clear if these arrests were linked to the threat against the U.S. Embassy.

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Though the relationship between the US and Turkey has recently been tested, Turkey says the embassy's closure isn't political.

Several digital documents were seized in the operation, the agency reported.

Turkish police often carry out raids against IS across the country including one last month when 29 foreigners were detained in Istanbul over alleged links to the group. The 12 were among 20 people in the case, for whom arrest warrants were issued by the state prosecutor's office, the report said. Turkish troops and proxy forces are attacking the US-supported Kurdish militias, which the Turkish government considers a security threat.

The U.S. Embassy was the target of a suicide bombing in 2013 by a militant from the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which killed a Turkish security guard. A lone gunman killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's Eve celebrations.

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