Two IS suspects detained at Istanbul airport
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.
Dogan said the two suspects held late on Sunday were Kyrgyz nationals, identifying them only by their initials, K.V. and F.M.I., 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 Sunday 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.