Turks detain Russian over drone plot
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.
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.