Nine alleged members of Islamic State believed to have been preparing a suicide bomb attack on a political party's offices in Istanbul have been remanded in custody by a court in southeast Turkey, the local governor's office said.
Police detained two of
the suspects after a brief car chase in the southeastern Turkish city of
Gaziantep on Friday and seven more suspects were detained in subsequent
police raids, the Gaziantep governor's office said in a statement dated
"The group members were caught with the
vehicles, grenades, explosives and weapons they were going to use in the
attack. Bloody attacks aimed at creating an atmosphere of fear and
chaos before the parliamentary elections were prevented," it said.
Sunday's election, the ruling AK Party recovered the parliamentary
majority which it lost in a vote five months earlier. Turkey has
conducted attacks on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, and
President Tayyip Erdogan had said operations against them and Kurdish
militants would continue after the vote.
The Gaziantep governor's
office said the suspects were planning the attack on unidentified
party's offices in Istanbul on the orders of senior IS members in Syria.
prosecutors last week said there was strong evidence that an IS cell in
Gaziantep carried out a spate of bombings culminating in a double
suicide attack that killed more than 100 people in Ankara.