UK citizen detained in Turkish capital for being ISIL member
ANKARAAnkara police has detained a U.K. citizen for being a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has recently attacked a major thoroughfare of Istanbul.
The suspect, identified as M.A. by police sources, was captured at a hotel in the Altındağ district of the Turkish capital on March 25.
The suspect was later taken to the migration directorate for deportation.
Four tourists were killed and more than 30 locals and tourists were injured in a suicide bomb attack on March 19 on the busy İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul’s Taksim neighborhood.
On Feb. 17, 29 people died in another suicide bombing in central Ankara, carried out by a splinter group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
An ISIL suicide attack killed 11 people – all German tourists – in the Sultanahmet Square, the heart of touristic part of Istanbul, on Jan. 12.
In October 2015, ISIL killed more than 100 people in a suicide bombing during a peace rally in Ankara.
An ISIL militant killed 33 young civilian activists on July 20, 2015, at the cultural center in the southeastern district of Suruç.