Turkey foiled Istanbul terror plot on same day as Paris attacks: official

World leaders hold a minute of silence for the victims of Paris attacks prior to the opening session of the G-20 summit, in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

World leaders hold a minute of silence for the victims of Paris attacks prior to the opening session of the G-20 summit, in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015


Turkish authorities foiled a plot to stage a “major” attack in Istanbul on the same day as the deadly gun and suicide attacks in Paris, a senior official said on Sunday.

Police on Friday detained five people in Istanbul, the source told AFP, including a suspected close associate of the notorious Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, known as “Jihadi John” who Washington believes was likely killed in a recent drone strike in Syria.

“We believe they were planning an attack in Istanbul on the same day as the Paris attacks” on Friday, the official said on condition of anonymity.

“Initial investigation shows we foiled a major attack.”


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