Two IS suspects nabbed at air­port, 13 charged

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TWO sus­pected Is­lamic State ji­hadists have been detained at Is­tan­bul’s Ataturk air­port, the Do­gan news agency re­ported, less than a week af­ter it was hit by a triple sui­cide at­tack that killed 43 peo­ple.

Do­gan said the two suspects held late on July 3, were Kyr­gyz na­tion­als, iden­ti­fy­ing them only by their ini­tials, KV and FMI, aged 25 and 35 re­spec­tively.

Po­lice found night-vi­sion binoc­u­lars and mil­i­tary-style clothes in their suit­cases, the agency said, along with two pass­ports in dif­fer­ent names.

They were ques­tioned by anti-ter­ror po­lice in Is­tan­bul. It was not clear whether they had been leav­ing or ar­riv­ing at the air­port.

Their de­ten­tion came as 13 suspects, in­clud­ing three for­eign­ers, were charged over the June 28 gun and sui­cide-bomb as­sault at the air­port that killed 45 peo­ple in­clud­ing 19 for­eign­ers.

Of­fi­cials be­lieve the Is­lamic State group was be­hind the at­tack, the worst in a se­ries to hit Turkey’s big­gest city this year.

In to­tal po­lice have detained 29 peo­ple “in­clud­ing for­eign­ers” in con­nec­tion with the air­port car­nage, Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim said.

Of the more than 200 peo­ple in­jured, 49 are still in hos­pi­tal in­clud­ing 17 in in­ten­sive care.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the at­tack­ers were a Rus­sian, an Uzbek and a Kyr­gyz na­tional.

State news agency Anadolu has named two of them as Rakim Bul­garov and Vadim Os­manov, with­out giv­ing their na­tion­al­i­ties.

Cen­tral Asia’s for­mer Soviet re­publics have been a ma­jor source of for­eign ji­hadists trav­el­ling to fight with IS and other ex­trem­ist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Turk­ish me­dia iden­ti­fied the strike’s or­gan­iser as Akhmed Chatayev, the Chechen leader of an IS cell in Is­tan­bul who had mas­ter­minded two other deadly at­tacks tar­get­ting tourists in the city. –

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