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Turkey: minister, Isis was preparing an attack on Santa Sofia

2020-09-02T08:48:27.827Z

The alleged 'emir' of ISIS whose arrest Turkey announced yesterday, Mahmut Ozden, was planning an attack on Hagia Sophia, the symbolic monument of Istanbul converted from a museum into a mosque last July, after having been there for centuries. .. (ANSA)



(ANSA) - ISTANBUL, 02 SEPT - The alleged 'emir' of ISIS whose arrest Turkey announced yesterday, Mahmut Ozden, was planning an attack on Hagia Sophia, the monumental symbol of Istanbul converted from a museum into a mosque last July, after having been for centuries a Christian basilica and an Islamic place of worship. This was stated by Interior Minister of Turkey Suleyman Soylu, quoted by Hurriyet, without however clarifying what the exact purpose of the possible attack would have been. "Which intelligence services organizations continue to influence Daesh? We need to evaluate this aspect very well", Soylu limited himself to saying. Among the alleged objectives of the jihadist, who led a cell of a dozen members and ended up in handcuffs in a blitz on August 20, there would also have been economic institutions and civil society organizations, along with a project of disqualification and transfer of Turkish politicians to Syria. According to the minister of Ankara, the information obtained through the digital material seized after the arrests was crucial for the reconstruction of the criminal plans. (HANDLE).


Source: ansa

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