Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Turkey: Russian national detained over planned drone attack

Turkey: Russian national detained over planned drone attack

"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".

Turkish authorities have detained a Russian national suspected to be a member of the Islamic State (IS) group and accused of planning to attack a U.S. base in southern Turkey.

Dogan news agency added that Bakiev is suspected of seeking to "stage a bomb attack aiming to bring down a United States plane using a drone" at the Incirlik airbase.

Renad Bakiev was detained in the southern city of Adana over suspicions that he plotted to crash an American aircraft or attack the Incirlik air base using a drone, Adana police said in a statement.

Authorities said he had also scouted an association of the Alevi religious minority in Adana.

Bakiev told authorities that he was a member of Islamic State and planned to use a drone to bring down a USA plane and carry out an attack against US nationals, Dogan said. ISIS considers Alevis as heretics.

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Bakiev's plans came to light in testimony from suspected IS members detained in a counterterror raid in June, according to Dogan news agency.

During police interrogations, Bakiev admitted to previously having made an attempt to attack US forces at the base, but that this had been unsuccessful.

The US Air Force has used the Incirlik air base near Adana as a staging ground for the air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq since 2015.

Anadolu also reported claims that Bakiev had been to Syria to fight with IS and had sought to stage an attack against American forces there, but without success.

ISIS militants have been known to arm commercial drones with small explosives.

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