Istanbul thwarts terror attack planned for same day as Paris massacre

Turkish authorities have claimed that a major terrorist attack was foiled in Istanbul on the same day that Paris was shaken by multiple gun attacks and suicide bombings.

Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul, Turkey. Image by 2benny / CC BY 2.0

The police detained five people, one of whom was already a suspected associate of Islamic State, and said investigations suggested the group were planning a coordinated attack on Istanbul to coincide with the massacres in Paris. Turkey, which shares borders with both Syria and Iraq, has taken steps to beef up its security in recent months. Meanwhile, in Portugal authorities increased security at embassies and Lisbon, Faro and Oporto airports over the weekend after news of the Paris attacks broke on Friday.  Read more: hurriyetdailynews.com

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