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Police round up four ISIL suspects with 150 kilograms of explosive, then release 2 of them

Police in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Feb. 9 rounded up four ISIL suspects who were allegedly preparing to stage major attacks in the country.

The Governor’s Office said in a written statement that one of the detained suspects had been sought on charges of “being a member of a terror organization,” having been instructed by high-ranking militants active in conflict zones in Syria to stage “sensational attacks” around Turkey.

It also added that around 150 kilograms of 24 suicide bomber belts strengthened with metal, 14 kilograms of TNT, two Kalashnikovs and other electonic devices regarding bomb-making were also seized during searches conducted in line with the suspects’ testimonies.

The suspects were later transferred to the courthouse following proceedings at the police headquarters. At the end of the trial at Court, 1 of the suspects were released without detention, 1 was released on condition of judicial control, two of them were arrested on charges of ‘being a member of terrorist organization’ and sent to prison.

Alim Kahraman from Turkish Press

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