- Title: Turkish police kill suspected Islamic State suicide bomber - Anadolu
- Date: 19th October 2016
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (OCTOBER 19, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ++NIGHT SHOTS++ POLICE OFFICERS AND ARMOURED VEHICLES OUTSIDE THE BUILDING RAIDED AS PART OF A COUNTER-TERROR OPERATION VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS AND ARMOURED VEHICLES OUTSIDE THE BUILDING THE BUILDING BEING RAIDED POLICE OFFICERS CARRYING BAGS OF EVIDENCE OUT OF THE BUILDING POLICE OFFICERS CARRYING PAPER BAGS OF EVIDENCE WALKING TO VAN BAGS OF EVIDENCE BEING LOADED INTO VAN POLICE VAN PARKED OUTSIDE THE BUILDING POLICE OFFICERS GETTING INTO VAN ++DAY SHOTS++ TURKISH INTERIOR MINISTER, SULEYMAN SOYLU, LEAVING PARLIAMENT, POSING FOR A SELFIE WITH A MAN POLICE OFFICER AND PEOPLE AT PARLIAMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH INTERIOR MINISTER, SULEYMAN SOYLU, SAYING: "Firstly, I congratulate our security forces once again. As a result of a significant pursuit and intelligence work, they neutralized another member of Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State)." DEBRIS SEEN AT WINDOW OF THE APARTMENT RAIDED BY POLICE / VIEW OF BUILDING POLICEMEN CARRYING BODY OF SUSPECTED ISLAMIC STATE MILITANT IN BODY BAG / BODY BAG BEING PUT IN COFFIN OFFICERS LOADING COFFIN INTO POLICE VAN VARIOUS OF POLICE VAN LEAVING
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2016 10:56
- Keywords: Turkey Islamic State suicide bomber police raid
- Location: ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA00154O78SN
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- Story Text: Turkish police shot dead a suspected Islamic State militant overnight on Wednesday (October 19) who was believed to be planning a suicide bomb attack in the capital Ankara, the city's governor said.
It was the latest in a series of counter-terror police operations coinciding with a Turkey-backed rebel operation in Syria to drive the jihadists away from its southern border.
Police tracked the suspect to the ninth floor of a building on Ankara's outskirts, where he was killed in a gunfight around 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) after opening fire in response to a call to surrender, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.
The suspect carried out reconnaissance around the old parliament building and Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Governor of Ankara Ercan Topaca wrote in a tweet.
Topaca said the suspect may have been targeting ceremonies to be held there on the October 29 anniversary of the Turkish Republic's foundation or on November 10 to commemorate Ataturk's death, Anadolu agency cited Topaca as saying.
Topaca's office released stills of suspect at Anitkabir.
Police found explosive materials including sticks of dynamite and ammonium nitrate at the scene, the governor said.
The suspect was registered as resident of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and was born in 1992, Anadolu said.
Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu congratulated security forces for carrying out the operation.
"I congratulate our security forces once again. As a result of a significant pursuit and intelligence work, they neutralized another member of Daesh," Soylu said.
Having received intelligence that militants were planning attacks in the capital, Topaca's office on Monday (October 17) banned public meetings and marches until the end of November.
The ban was enforced in line with emergency rule imposed after an attempted coup in July.
Islamic State and Kurdish militants have carried out attacks in the capital. This month two suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members, believed to be planning a car bomb attack, blew themselves up in a standoff with police in Ankara.
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