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Turkish police kill suspected Daesh suicide bomber in capital

By Reuters - Oct 19,2016 - Last updated at Oct 19,2016

ANKARA — Turkish police shot dead a suspected Daesh militant overnight who was believed to be planning a suicide bomb attack in the capital Ankara, the city's governor said on Wednesday.

It was the latest in a series of counter-terrorist police operations coinciding with a Turkey-backed rebel operation in Syria to drive the extremists away from its southern border.

Turkish security forces have meanwhile stepped up action against Kurdish militants, killing 14 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters in eastern Turkey in recent days, the interior minister said.

Police tracked the Daesh suspect to the ninth floor of a building on Ankara's outskirts, where he was killed in a gunfight around 3am after opening fire in response to a call to surrender, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

"The terrorist is judged to have been planning to carry out a suicide bomb attack and carried out reconnaissance around the old parliament building and Anitkabir," Governor Ercan Topaca wrote on Twitter, referring to the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The suspect may have been targeting ceremonies to be held there on the October 29 anniversary of the Turkish Republic's foundation or on November 10 to commemorate Ataturk's death, Anadolu cited Topaca as saying.

Police found explosive materials including sticks of dynamite and ammonium nitrate at the scene, the governor said.

The suspect was registered as resident of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and was born in 1992, Anadolu said.

After receiving intelligence that militants were planning attacks in the capital, Topaca's office on Monday banned public meetings and marches until the end of November.

The ban was enforced in line with the emergency rule imposed after an attempted coup in July.

Daesh and Kurdish militants have carried out attacks in the capital. This month, two suspected PKK members, believed to have been planning a car bomb attack, blew themselves up in a standoff with police in Ankara.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters in Ankara that operations targeting militants would continue in the days ahead and said 13 PKK fighters were killed this week in the eastern province of Tunceli and one further north in Erzincan.

In the Lice district of Diyarbakir, PKK militants staged a rocket attack on a minibus carrying members of the state-sponsored village guard militia who fight against the PKK, killing two guards and wounding two others, security sources said.

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