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Turkish Police Detain Daesh Militant Plotting Terrorist Attack in Istanbul, Reports Say

© AFP 2021 / YASIN AKGULTurkish special force police officers patrol streets after a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in Istanbul on December 10, 2016
Turkish special force police officers patrol streets after a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in Istanbul on December 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Istanbul police have detained a member of the Daesh* terrorist organization, who was plotting a terrorist attack in the city, the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing a law enforcement source.

According to the media outlet, citing police, the militant arrived in Istanbul from the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep and checked in a hotel in the Kucukcekmece district. He then traveled to the Taksim area of central Istanbul to choose a location for the terrorist attack.

The newspaper shared a video from surveillance cameras showing the militant walking through the crowded streets.

The militant was subsequently detained in his hotel room. The media outlet added that the police had found a submachine gun with four magazines there.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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