Turkey detains Russian ‘planning drone attack on US warplane’

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities on Thursday detained a Russian suspected member of the IS group for allegedly plotting a drone attack on an American warplane at a US base in southern Turkey.
State-run Anadolu news agency said that Renat Bakiev is accused of seeking to stage an attack at “the Incirlik airbase or a plane stationed there”.
Quoting local police, it said that “for this purpose, he worked to obtain a drone”. Dogan news agency added that Bakiev is suspected of seeking to “stage a bomb attack aiming to bring down a US plane using a drone” at the Incirlik airbase.
He allegedly carried out reconnaissance work for the plot, both reports said, without giving further details on how the plan would have been put in place.
Anadolu further reported the suspect had asked fellow IS members through the Telegram messaging app for 2,800 lira ($790) in order to buy the drone.
The Russian Embassy in Ankara said in a statement it was “carrying out the necessary work to understand what happened and make clear the circumstances”. — AFP