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Turkish Intelligence Captures Terror Suspect in Syria

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:29 GMT

Turkish intelligence agents have recently accomplished a successful mission after they extracted a terror suspect from Syria’s regime-controlled Latakia province and brought him back to Turkey.

The state-run Anadolu agency said on September 12th that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has captured and returned to Turkey Yusuf Nazik, 34, who was one of the main suspects of the 2013 bombing in the southern Turkish border town of Reyhanli, which killed 53 people.

According to the Daily Hurriyet, the suspect was caught in a “pinpoint operation” and was brought back to Turkey “from secure roads”.

Back in February, Turkish courts had sentenced nine arrested suspects to life imprisonment while eight more suspects, including Nazik, remained on the run.

Nazik, born in the southern province of Hatay’s Antakya district, admitted that he had a key part in the 2013 bombing as a coordinator between the bombers and the Syrian regime, which he said planned the attack. He referred to a Syrian intelligence officer named Mohammed and codenamed “Hadji.” 

In his interrogation, Nazik told Turkish security forces that he was briefed by Syria’s intelligence units, afterwards checking out the crime scene prior to the attack and moving explosives from Syria to Turkey. He also confessed that he obtained two cars for the operation.

A prominent Turkish official said they take the information revealed by Nazik about the involvement of Syrian intelligence operatives in the 2013 attack “very seriously.”

Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül also praised the operation and described it as "successful."

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