Anti-terror police detained a Russian citizen and alleged member of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the southern Turkish city of Adana, Thursday, on suspicion of planning an attack on Incirlik Air Base.
Renat Bakiev is suspected of planning to use a drone to bring down a US plane at the airbase used by many of Turkey’s NATO allies, before going on to target members of the Alevi community in the area.
Anti-terror police were tipped off that Bakiev was scoping out sites close to the air base.
The Russian embassy in Ankara is looking into the reported detention in Turkey of a Russian citizen on the suspicion of terrorism, the Russian embassy’s press-attache Irina Kasimova told TASS on Thursday.
“Earlier on Thursday Turkish media said a Russian citizen identified as one R. Bakiyev had been detained in the country’s territory on what appears to be suspicion of terrorist activity. The Russian embassy is taking the necessary measures to look into the situation and clear up the affair,” Kasimova said.
Sources: RT and TASS