Turkish police warn of possible Islamic State attacks

By REUTERS
May 17, 2016 12:26

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish police have issued a nationwide warning about possible Islamic State attacks on Thursday's national holiday, state media said, with military facilities seen as targets after the army stepped up attacks on the militants in Syria.

Both Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish militants have staged bomb attacks in Turkey in recent months, fueling concern about the spillover of conflict from its southern neighbor.

Turkish and US-led coalition forces have killed dozens of IS fighters in shelling and air strikes in northern Syria after months of rocket fire from IS-controlled territory targeted a Turkish border town, killing 21 people.

The police warning, issued to all 81 provincial police forces, said Islamic State "viewed Turkish soldiers and police as infidels and fighting and killing them as permissible," state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

It called for a reassessment of security measures for celebrations on May 19, when Turks commemorate the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and mark what is known as Youth and Sports Day.

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