‘ISIS’ militant blows himself up in southern Turkey
A suspected ISIS militant blew himself up in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, during a police raid late Saturday, injuring four police officers, one seriously, media reports said.
The militant activated explosives attached to his body when police raided an apartment in a 10-storey building in the town of Gaziantep, the Dogan news agency said.
Earlier, Turkish soldiers killed four ISIS fighters after they came under fire from the militants along Turkey’s Syria border, local media reported.
Two cars belonging to the militant Sunni group approached a Turkish armored vehicle in the Oguzeli district of Gaziantep province and when ordered to halt, responded by firing shells, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Returning fire, Turkish soldiers killed four ISIS fighters in the first vehicle, while an unknown number in the second car fled.
ISIS controls swathes of Syrian territory abutting Turkey’s Syrian frontier, and there are periodic clashes. One Turkish soldier is thought to be held by the group after going missing during an exchange of fire in September.
The group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a series of bomb and gun attacks in Paris which left at least 129 people dead.
Turkey has stepped up its fight against the militants since July, when it began launching air strikes against the group and opened its air bases to U.S.-led coalition war planes.
Since then Turkey has been hit by two suicide bomb attacks linked to ISIS, killing more than 130 people.