Istanbul police have foiled a major ISIS terror attack and brought down two terror cells in the city.
A car loaded with explosives and a bomb-laden motorcycle were found in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district on Oct. 28.
Anti-terror police launched an operation after two consecutive explosions took place in two buildings in Istanbul’s Esenyurt and Arnavutköy districts, followed by fire, late on Oct. 27.
“Objects used in bomb making, including chemical materials, metal marbles, nails, a screw, a remote control, electronic circuits, cables, batteries and many other similar materials, were found in two houses in the Arnavutköy and Esenyurt districts by anti-terror and bomb disposal units, who carried out examinations after fire caused by explosions were put out. No one was found in the apartments,” police said in a written statement, adding that anti-terror police and intelligence officers launched coordinated efforts to apprehend those involved in the incident.
Authorities then determined that a car and a motorcycle belonging to the Muslim terrorists linked to the aforementioned two addresses were in the parking lot of a shopping mall.
Around 4 p.m., four ISIS terrorists, of whom one is a woman, were detained and one of the Muslim terrorists was shot in the leg by police after trying to escape and was taken to a hospital. According to police, two ISIS cells were also busted.
Police took security measures around the area and notified bomb disposal units in order for examinations to be carried out on the car and the motorcycle.
“Home-made explosives that have remote control set ups, suicide vests, two firearms and many bullets were confiscated from the motorcycle and the car,” police said.