Reports: Turkey detains Interpol-sought Belgian IS suspect

AP News
Posted: Aug 15, 2017 7:39 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say police in Istanbul have apprehended a suspected Islamic State group militant wanted by Interpol.

State-run Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that the Belgian national was detained in an anti-terrorism operation last week.

Hurriyet newspaper identified the man as Mehdi A. and said authorities believe he arrived in Istanbul to carry out a "sensational act."

The paper's online edition said the suspect was sought by Interpol for the past three years and was allegedly in charge of French-speaking militants within IS. The man joined IS in Syria together with his wife and children in 2014, according to the report.

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Police in Istanbul wouldn't comment on the reports.

Turkey has endured multiple deadly bombing attacks since 2015, blamed on IS or Kurdish militants.