Turkey: We Busted 'ISIS Cell' Headed for Germany

Authorities say 8 militants were planning to pose as refugees
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2015 10:12 AM CST
Turkey: We Busted 'ISIS Cell' Headed for Germany
A plane sits on the tarmac at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.   (AP Photo)

Turkey says it has seized eight suspected ISIS militants who were trying to reach Germany. The suspects were detained at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after arriving from Morocco. Turkey's state-run news agency says they claimed to be tourists who were staying at a hotel in the city for two days, but the hotel denied that any reservations had been made, report the AP and the Local. The agency adds criminal profiling teams found a hand-drawn map showing a route from Turkey to Germany—via Greece, Serbia, and Hungary—on one of the suspects.

Authorities say the alleged militants were planning to pose as refugees during the journey. A day earlier, a friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled in Hanover after a bomb threat. "No explosives were found nor did we make any arrests," a police rep says. The threat level in Berlin is now listed as "high." (Read more Germany stories.)

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