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Nine alleged members of the radical terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) believed to have been preparing a suicide bomb attack on a political partyand’s offices in Istanbul have been placed in custody by a court in southeast Turkey, the local governorand’s office said.
Police detained two of the suspects after a brief car chase in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on Friday, and seven more suspects were detained in subsequent police raids, the Gaziantep Governorand’s Office said in a written statement on Tuesday.
andquotThe group members were caught with the vehicles, grenades, explosives and weapons they were going to use in the attack. Bloody attacks aimed at creating an atmosphere of fear and chaos before the parliamentary elections were prevented,andquot it said.
In Sundayand’s election, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) recovered the parliamentary majority it had lost in a vote five months earlier. Turkey has conducted attacks on ISIL terrorists in Syria, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said operations against them and the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) militants would continue after the election.
The Gaziantep Governorand’s Office also said the suspects were planning the attack on unidentified party offices in Istanbul on the orders of senior ISIL members in Syria.
Turkish prosecutors last week said there was strong evidence that an ISIL cell in Gaziantep carried out bombings culminating in a double suicide attack that killed more than 100 people in Ankara.
The bombings, the deadliest terror attack in the history of the Turkish Republic, targeted a group of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists who had gathered near Ankaraand’s central train station ahead of a peace rally on Oct. 10. Hundreds of people were also injured in the blasts.


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