Turkey arrests ‘Islamic State’ suspects ahead of Merkel visit

Foreigners with suspected links to the ‘Islamic State‘ (IS) terrorist group accused of planning an attack against “state dignitaries“ have been detained in Turkey ahead of a visit by top EU officials.

The arrests took place overnight in the conservative city of Konya, in the center of the country, local authorities reported Saturday. The six foreigners were detained as Turkey prepared for a
visit by European Council head Donald Tusk and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Gaziantep, which borders Syrian and territories controlled by ‘IS.’

According to a statement from officials in the conservative city of Konya, the suspects “wanted to attack dignitaries of the state and strategic targets.”