EOS Alerts 17-8-2017
Turkey: Authorities Detain IS-Linked Belgian Suspect in Istanbul
Turkey detains more than 5,000 Islamic State suspects in recent years and deports some 3,290 foreign militants from 95 different countries.
On 15 August, local media reported that a suspected Belgian Islamic State (IS) member who was planning to carry out a bomb attack was detained during a counter-terrorism operation in Istanbul’s Fatih district on 11 August. The suspect is said to have joined the terrorist group in Syria in 2014 and to have commanded French-speaking fighters.
Turkey has detained more than 5,000 Islamic State suspects in recent years and deported some 3,290 foreign militants from 95 different countries. It has also refused entry to at least 38,269 individuals.
Those operating or residing in Turkey are advised to be aware that there a number of terror groups, primarily linked to extremist Islamist or Kurdish elements, who are active and carry out attacks in the country. Exercise a high degree of caution and avoid loitering near to security forces, as they are often the target of such attacks. Report any suspicious packages, behaviour or activity to the authorities and remain vigilant.