Three ISIL suspects arrested over plot to attack LGBT march in Istanbul

Three suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were arrested in Istanbul late on June 17 after a tip-off that they had planned to attack an LGBT Trans Pride march held on June 19 in the city’s central Taksim Square.

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The suspects – one Turkish national and two from Russia’s volatile Dagestan republic – were detained after a simultaneous operation in Istanbul’s Başakşehir and Pendik districts, on Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, respectively.

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Officers said they were acting on intelligence reports that the jihadist group was plotting to attack the “Trans Pride” rally on June 19.

A suicide vest, camouflage clothing, military blades, laser range finders and a large number of print and digital documents were seized during the raids.

All three suspects were arrested by a local court.


Photo By Lubunya (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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