Turks de­tain Rus­sian over drone plot

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­TAN­BUL — Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties have de­tained a Rus­sian na­tional and sus­pected Is­lamic State mil­i­tant for al­legedly plan­ning a drone at­tack on U.S. air­craft at Turkey’s In­cir­lik air base, po­lice said Thurs­day.

Re­nad Bakiev was de­tained in the south­ern city of Adana over sus­pi­cions that he plot­ted to crash an Amer­i­can air­craft or at­tack the In­cir­lik air base us­ing a drone, Adana po­lice said in a state­ment. Turk­ish pri­vate news agency Do­gan said a court later or­dered him for­mally ar­rested pend­ing a trial.

Bakiev also in­tended to at­tack the Alevi com­mu­nity in Adana city, the state­ment said. It said he was af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State and had pre­vi­ously trav­eled to Syria.

The Alevi re­li­gious mi­nor­ity is an off­shoot of Shia Is­lam and is the largest re­li­gious group in Turkey af­ter Sun­nis. The Is­lamic State re­gards Ale­vis as heretics.

Dur­ing po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tions, Bakiev ad­mit­ted to re­con­noi­ter­ing the air base for his strike, the po­lice state­ment said. A pre­vi­ous at­tempt he made to at­tack Amer­i­cans was un­suc­cess­ful.

AP

Turk­ish po­lice of­fi­cers es­cort Rus­sian na­tional Re­nad Bakiev in Adana, Turkey, on Thurs­day. Bakiev was de­tained over sus­pi­cions that he plot­ted to crash an Amer­i­can air­craft or at­tack the In­cir­lik air base us­ing a drone.

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