Across the world, it looks like major cities are preparing more for war than a party…. (more here)
Will the islamophobia never end?
“New Year’s Eve terror threat: SECOND ISIS plot foiled in a week as suicide vest seized,” By Alix Culbertson, Express, December 30, 2015
TWO suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants believed to have been planning a New Year’s Eve terror attack have been arrested.
Suicide vests with bombs were found at a house in the Turkish capital Ankara
Suicide vests armed with bombs fortified with ball bearings and metal sticks were seized during a raid on a house in a low-income neighbourhood of Ankara where two Turkish nationals were arrested on Wednesday morning – the day before New Year’s Eve.
The Ankara chief prosecutor’s office believe the attackers were planning to detonate the suicide vests at two locations during celebrations to bring in 2016 tomorrow.
It comes just days after Belgian police arrested six people on Sunday and Monday thought to be planning a New Year’s Eve terror attack after officers found military clothing and ISIS propaganda while raiding homes in Brussels and the neighbouring province of Leige.
A Turkish Government official said the two men, who entered Turkey from Syria, were thought to have been preparing attacks near bars and a shopping mall on Kizilay square in the center of Ankara, where crowds usually gather to celebrate the New Year.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules which bar civil servants from speaking to reporters without authorisation.
The two Turkish nationals, identified by their initials M.C. and A.Y., are being questioned by anti-terrorism police, the prosecutor’s office said.
A spokesman for the police terrorism division in Ankara declined to comment.
Turkey has stepped up its efforts to tackle ISIS militants following a double suicide bombing during a peace rally in Ankara, which was blamed on Islamic State, where more than 100 people were killed in October.
More than 30 people were also killed in an ISIS suicide attack in the town of Suruc, near Turkey’s border with Syria, in July.
The country has a 900-km (550-mile) border with Syria, some of which is controlled by Islamic State on the Syrian side and has been used as a transit route by would-be jihadists from early on in Syria’s civil war.
It is not known whether the suspects are male or female.