Police capture ISIL suspects linked to suicide vests
ISTANBUL – Doğan News AgencySix Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant suspects detained by Istanbul anti-terror teams have been linked to two suicide bomb vests found abandoned on a highway in southern Turkey in early June.
While carrying out a raid on an ISIL cell in Istanbul’s Sancaktepe district last week, police teams captured six militants, who were later arrested by a court. During their detention, police found that the fingerprints of the militants matched the fingerprints found on two active suicide bomb vests found on the side of a road in the Tarsus district of the southern province of Mersin on June 9.
Upon further inspections, police confirmed that the captured militants were the ones who had smuggled the vests into Turkey to be used in potential ISIL attacks in the country.
According to police reports, the suspects also confessed that they threw the vests to the side of the road after they thought highway construction teams they had spotted further down the road were police officers.