Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

ISIS Suspects Arrested in Investigation of US Embassy Terror Attack in Ankara

ISIS Suspects Arrested in Investigation of US Embassy Terror Attack in Ankara

Twelve of the suspects are Syrian nationals, the agency said.

The agency identified the suspects by their first names only.

Police had stepped up security, searching pedestrians before allowing them to enter the street where the U.S. Embassy and other buildings are located.

"Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara will be closed to the public on March 5, 2018, due to a security threat".

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A US embassy spokesman said the embassy would be closed for visa and American citizen services specifically.

Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart Daesh attacks.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the US embassy had shared intelligence with Turkey's intelligence and security authorities, leading to "important results".

According to state-run Anadolu Agency, the police detained the suspects in simultaneous dawn raids on homes, using battering rams to break down doors at some locations.

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The U.S. embassy in Turkey has been attacked before.

The group were held during anti-terror raids in the Black Sea province of Samsun, the Hurriyet daily reported, after the USA mission in the capital announced it would close on Monday because of a "security threat".

The embassy was the target in 2013 of a suicide bombing claimed by a far-left group that killed a Turkish security guard. Turkish officials blamed the attack on domestic leftists.

Turkish authorities arrested a total of 4,043 IS militants between 2011 and 2018, Bozdag added.

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