Turkish police seized explosives and military equipment in the raids that follow a string of attacks claimed by the Islamic State group
Turkish authorities have arrested three suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in a probe into a planned attack on a transgender rights rally last weekend, a report said on Wednesday.
The three, comprising one Turkish national and two men from Russia’s volatile Caucasus region of Dagestan, were detained in raids on Friday and remanded in custody by a court on Tuesday, the Dogan news agency said.
Items including suicide belts packed with explosives, camouflage gear and military knives were seized by the authorities, it added.
The three had been planning to attack a rally around Istanbul’s Taksim Square promoting transgender rights.
The gathering took place on Sunday but was broken up by police. Friday’s raids were conducted in the Istanbul districts of Basaksehir and Pendik after police recieved a tip-off.
The Istanbul authorities had broken up the transgender rally after banning that event as well as a larger gay pride rally planned for the coming Sunday.
Report: Turkey arrests 3 for plotting attack on gay march
A Turkish news agency says Istanbul counterterrorism police have arrested three suspected Islamic State militants who allegedly prepared to attack a gay pride rally.
Following an anonymous tip, police teams on Friday conducted operations in Istanbul’s Basaksehir and Pendik districts, where they arrested the trio and seized several weapons, including a suicide vest.