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Two gunmen dead from Turkish police

 

Turkish police killed two men this morning suspected of preparing an attack on Ankara on behalf of the Islamic State, the governor of the Turkish capital, quoted by the Anadolu news agency, said.

The two men were killed in a shootout during a police raid in an apartment in Ankara in the early hours. The police seized weapons and grenades in the apartment, as part of an operation that was launched after a suspect’s arrest in Istanbul. The latter said the two men, who belonged to the IC organization like this one, “were preparing to commit a terrorist attack,” said Governor Erkan Topacka.

The identity of the two men was not known. The governor said their age was between 25 and 30 years old.

The raid took place when draconian security measures are being taken in Ankara in view of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) conference today. The party is expected to elect President Tayyip Erdogan’s leader after approval of constitutional reforms last month in a referendum to strengthen the powers of the president.

The governor of Ankara told Anadolu from the police station that the suspect arrested who was an Azeros, is still being questioned in Istanbul and believed to have carried the two men to Ankara by car.

Islamist terrorists arrested for bomb attacks in Turkey, including an attack on Istanbul’s international airport where more than 40 people were killed last June, as well as New Year’s Shooting at a nightclub, also in Istanbul where 39 people lost their lives.