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Suicide Bombers Arrested in Ankara Are Daesh Terrorists

© AP Photo / Lefteris PitarakisAn armed Turkish police officer secures a road leading to the U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
An armed Turkish police officer secures a road leading to the U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Two people arrested in Turkey on suspicion of plotting a New Year’s Eve attack in the country's capital are members of Daesh (Islamic State), the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office said as cited by local media Wednesday.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – Previous reports claimed the two alleged terrorists arrived in Turkey from Syria.

The two men, whose initials the Anadolu news service said were M.C. and A.Y, were found to be in possession of a live bomb and explosive vests packed with steel ball bearings.

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Turkish Police Intercept 2 Suicide Bombers Plotting Terror Attack in Ankara
The outlet cites prosecutors as saying the two alleged terrorists had returned from Syria, with which Turkey shares an extensive and porous southern border. The two suspects were taken to the Istanbul police headquarters for questioning.

The foiled twin suicide blasts were reportedly planned to be carried out at the Kizilay square in the heart of Ankara and the scene of extensive New Year's Eve celebrations.

Turkey stepped up security raids nationwide after a series of attacks claimed by both Daesh terrorists and Kurdish insurgents, including a suicide bomb blast in Ankara that killed over 100 people during a peace rally in October.

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