Attack in Turkey Near Location of G20 Summit


ANKARA: According to NDTV, a suspected terrorist of the Islamic State blew himself up in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, injuring four police officers today. Turkey is currently hosting the G20 summit, whose economic agenda has been superseded by terror following the attacks in neighboring France.

The attack took place nearly 800 km from Antalya, where the two-day summit is being held. The militant activated explosives attached to his body when police raided an apartment in a 10-story building in the town of Gaziantep, the Dogan news agency said.

The raid was conducted as part of an investigation into a double suicide bombing on October 10 in Turkish capital Ankara, which killed 102 activists assembling for a peace rally.

The day before four suspected ISIS militants travelling by a car were shot dead by the Turkish army when they approached a military checkpoint in Gaziantep. The police had also arrested seven suspected ISIS members in Ankara, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

The latest attack comes on the heels of the Paris attacks in which 129 people died and hundreds have been injured, attacks for which IS has claimed responsibility.

French President Francois Hollande is skipping the G20 Summit, for which security has been massively stepped up. Around 13,000 policemen have been deployed.

Meanwhile, the police detained four protesters who wanted to walk to the venue of the G-20 summit to deliver a letter to world leaders. The protesters were taken to a sports center which has been turned into a temporary detention center for protesters during the summit meeting.