Oct 30 2017

Istanbul ISIS bombers caught just in time

A pair of explosions in safe houses in the Istanbul districts of Esenyurt and Arnavutköy, led Turkish police to capture four members of an Islamic State cell just before a planned bombing.

Police released pictures of two members of the cell they said had been planning to bomb an Istanbul shopping mall together on Turkey’s Oct. 29 Republic Day holiday.

The four suspects took both a car and a motorbike, each laden with dozens of remote-controlled explosive devices, to the car park of a shopping mall in the district of Bayrampaşa, the Hürriyet newspaper quoted police as saying.

Pictures of the ISIS suspects released by police

The Turkish-origin Austrian citizens pictured above, police believe, were the pair who had been tasked with personally carrying out the atrocities.

When police arrived, all four tried to flee the scene, and one was shot in the leg.

Police recovered guns, ammunition and suicide vests from the vehicles.