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Police foil ISIL attack plot on US Embassy in Ankara

Police foil ISIL attack plot on US Embassy in Ankara

Turkey has arrested 12 suspected IS militants after the U.S. embassy in Ankara closed due to security threats.

The Anadolu Agency said police detained four Iraqi nationals in connection with the threat against the embassy. The notice also advised USA citizens in Turkey should avoid large crowds, keep a low profile and otherwise be cautious. Of this figure, the ministry said that five were captured, eight surrendered and seven were killed, including a regional leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a separatist militant group that has waged a violent insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades.

Police secure roads around U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Monday.

Security was heightened outside the U.S. Embassy building, and police searched pedestrians before allowing them to enter a street where the main gate is located. "The embassy has shared intelligence with the Turkish intelligence service and security forces".

In raids in the capital Ankara, 12 other suspects, all foreigners whose nationalities authorities did not reveal, were arrested as part of an investigation into the group.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozda─č said that Turkey is the country most effectively fighting against Daesh.

The DHKP-C, or Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, a far-left group, claimed responsibility for a 2013 suicide bombing at the US Embassy in Ankara. Moreover, 12,538 suspects, including 5,654 foreigners, were detained between 2011 and 2018 for links to Daesh.

An American diplomatic facility in Turkey was last attacked in 2015 when two militants of a far-left Turkish group shot at the United States consulate in Istanbul.

Turkey has called on Washington to stop working with the YPG, which it views as a "terrorist" group. An attack at a luxury Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations on January 1 2017, killed 39 people.

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