Turkish forces kill two suspected ISIS members at Syria border

Turkish soldiers walk to their position on the Turkish side of the border in Suruc, Turkey, Friday, June 26, 2015, near the Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani. (File photo: AP)

Turkish security forces have killed two suspected members of the ISIS group on the Syrian border, one of whom was believed to be planning a suicide attack in Turkey, news agencies reported Thursday.

The two men were shot dead on Saturday, days ahead of the triple suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Tuesday that left 42 people dead, the Anadolu and Dogan agencies said.

One of the suspects, named as Mohammad Arab, was planning an attack either in the Turkish capital Ankara or in the southern city of Adana, Dogan added.

Ankara was the scene of Turkey’s worst ever attack last October when 103 people were killed in suicide bombings blamed on ISIS.

Special forces also rounded up several ISIS suspects in Istanbul early on Thursday, Dogan said. No details were given about their identity.

The government has said ISIS militants were likely behind the carnage at Istanbul airport, one of the busiest hubs in Europe.

Turkey has cracked down on ISIS after a string of deadly attacks blamed on the militants, who have seized swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, right up to the Turkish border.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47