ISTANBUL Law enforcement in Istanbul have detained 7 suspects, two of them believed to be associates of Islamic State, who were plotting to have out attacks in Turkey forward of a referendum on Sunday, a police assertion said on Friday.
The four Turks, two Syrian nationals and one Tajik aimed to “make chaos” in Turkey, police said. Two of the Turks were believed to have joined the ranks of Islamic State, which holds territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq.
Islamic State has been blamed for at least 50 percent a dozen attacks on civilian targets in Turkey in latest months, like one on New Year’s Day at Istanbul’s Reina nightclub which killed 39 people today.
The police said they experienced also seized identification cards, cellular telephones and passports in the raids in four districts of Istanbul since final 7 days.
Turks will vote on Sunday on constitutional variations that would give President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Supporters say that will reinforce the country at a time when it faces threats from Islamic State and Kurdish militants. Opponents fear a lurch towards authoritarianism in Turkey.
Two viewpoint polls on Thursday confirmed a slender the vast majority of voters would vote in favor of the variations.
Protection endeavours have been tightened forward of the vote, but Kurdish militants on Wednesday claimed duty for a bomb attack on a police compound in southeast Turkey that killed a few people today.
NATO member Turkey is component of the U.S.-led coalition combating Islamic State and it released an incursion into Syria in August to travel the jihadist group and Kurdish militia fighters away from its borders.
(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu Enhancing by Isabel Coles and Louise Eire)