Suspected ISIS Terrorist Blows Himself Up in Turkey
ANKARA:A suspected terrorist of the Islamic State blew himself up in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, injuring four police officers today. Turkey is currently hosting the G20 summit, whose economic agenda has been superceded by terror following the attacks in neighbouring France.
Today’s attack took place nearly 800 km from Antalya, where the two-day summit is being held. The militant activated explosives attached to his body when police raided an apartment in a 10-storey building in the town of Gaziantep, the Dogan news agency said.
The raid was conducted as part of an investigation into a double suicide bombing on October 10 in Turkish capital Ankara, which killed 102 activists assembling for a peace rally.
Yesterday, four suspected ISIS militants travelling by a car were shot dead by the Turkish army when they approached a military checkpoint in Gaziantep. The police had also arrested seven suspected ISIS members in Ankara, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
The latest attack comes in the heels of Friday’s attacks in Parish in which 129 people died and hundeds have been injured. The terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the strikes.
French President Francois Hollande is skipping the G20 Summit, for which security has been massively stepped up. Around 13,000 policemen have been deployed to guard the venue.
PM Modi, who is attending the summit, said, “We strongly condemn the Paris attack. Beirut is also a reminder of terrorism. Entire humanity must stand as one against terrorism,” at the Brics meeting, held on the sidelines of the summit.
“The Paris attack is an attack on the civilised world. We stand in solidarity with France,” US President Barack Obama said a joint news conference with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the summit.