Explosives, suicide belts found on suspects at Turkey-Syria border

Free Syrian Army and Turkish flags flutter over the Bab Al-Salam border crossing, that is closed from the Turkish side. (Reuters)

Turkish soldiers have seized explosives and four suicide vests in the baggage of a group of suspects stopped at the border with Syria, the Turkish army said on Wednesday.

“Between 12 and 15 kilos of explosives and four belts that could be used for suicide attacks were found in two bags,” the army said in a statement.

A group of 34 people - four men, 10 women and 20 children - were stopped in Turkey's southeastern border town of Karkamis, the statement said.

The army did not refer to any terror group in its statement, but Karkamis lies across the border from the Syrian town of Jerabalus, which is currently controlled by the Islamic State group.

The seizure comes as around 30,000 Syrians are huddled on the border with Turkey at Oncupinar, around 100 km west of Karkamis, after fleeing a major government offensive, backed by Russian air power, in Aleppo.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50