Police detain six ISIL militants allegedly targeting main opposition CHP’s justice march
Rifat Başaran/Gamze Kolcu - ANKARAPolice detained a group of six Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants allegedly plotting an attack on the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) justice march on July 5.
The police pursued six people upon receiving intelligence from the Kayseri police headquarters that the jihadist group would stage an attack targeting the justice march.
Two of the suspects, who had rented a black minibus in Kayseri a day before, were detained in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, which the march is currently passing through. The other four were detained in Kayseri.
All suspects were also reported to have previous criminal records with the police.
Kayseri Governor Süleyman Kamçı told daily Hürriyet that a “huge provocation” was prevented by the operation.
“Police detained six ISIL militants after receiving a strong intelligence report. They were going to attack the convoy with a minibus. They had placed AKP [Justice and Development Party] banners on the minibus. A huge provocation was prevented,” Kamçı said.
Meanwhile, police heightened security measures on the convoy after receiving intelligence of the potential attack.