Turkey nabs Daesh’s so-called ‘media minister’ in Ankara
- DAILY SABAH, ISTANBUL
- Feb 05, 2018
Police in the capital Ankara nabbed Ömer Yetek, a man accused of being a senior Daesh militant responsible for coordinating a number of attacks by the terrorist group in Turkey.
Media outlets also dubbed Yetek the so-called "media minister" of the terrorist group as he controlled several digital publications associated with the group. Quoting security sources, state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) said the suspect was planning new attacks inside Turkey.
Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart Daesh attacks. More than 300 people have lost their lives in Daesh-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terrorist group has targeted civilians in suicide bombings, and rocket-and-gun attacks.
The country's efforts against Daesh made it a primary target for the terrorist group, which has carried out numerous gun and bomb attacks targeting security forces and civilians. This includes the country's deadliest terrorist attack, which killed 102 people and wounded 400 others in a twin suicide bombing at a peace rally in Ankara on Oct. 10, 2015. Turkey has also deported more than 5,000 Daesh suspects and 3,290 foreign terrorists from 95 countries in recent years and has dismantled several terrorist cells that provided logistical assistance in Syria and Iraq for plotting attacks inside the country.
Last month, the authorities captured two Daesh suspects accused of planning a car bombing in the Mediterranean city of Mersin.
In January, another "minister" for the terrorist group was captured in the central Turkish province of Kayseri. The suspect, identified as Tarık A., was an agriculture "minister" for the group, running agricultural operations to bring revenues to the group which faces a decline in the face of an escalated international crackdown.