Police have apprehended five suspected suicide bombers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Turkey’s border with Syria, the governor’s office of the southern province of Hatay stated on June 24.
“Five attackers who were sent to our country from Syria to carry out suicide bombings were caught in an operation on June 23 before they reached central Hatay,” the statement said of the operation, which was carried out jointly by police and intelligence units.
“Suicide belts were found wrapped around and ready to explode on two of the suspects, who were neutralized, and the explosives were seized,” the statement said, adding that the suspects were apprehended without any loss of life or property.
According to the governor’s office, three of those apprehended are of Syrian origin and two are Turkish.
The Hatay Governor’s Office said a wide-scale investigation had been launched into the incident.
While no information on the group that those caught belonged to was initially given, Hatay Governor Erdal Ata later in the day said their interrogation revealed that they were ISIL militants.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News