Turkey Detains Suspected IS Militant – Report
Turkish authorities have detained a suspected Islamic State militant of Russian origin after he allegedly planned to sabotage a U.S. plane at the Incirlik air base, Dogan News Agency said on Thursday.
Dogan, citing security officials, said Russian national Renat Bakiev was detained after police surveillance showed him scouting the southern city of Adana, where the base is located, with the aim of launching an attack.
Bakiev told authorities that he was a member of Islamic State, and planned to use a drone to bring down a U.S. plane and carry out an attack against U.S. nationals, Dogan said.
Authorities said he had also scouted an association of the Alevi religious minority in Adana. He described Alevis as “enemies of Allah”, and criticised President Tayyip Erdogan while being interrogated, Dogan said.
Turkey has been a partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State forces, providing the coalition with access to Incirlik air base to wage strikes against the militants.