A suspected Islamic State militant blew himself up during a police raid at an apartment in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, injuring four police officers. These happened nearly 800 kilometres from Antalya that is hosting the two-day G20 summit.
The militant activated explosives attached to his body when police raided an apartment in a 10-storey building in the town of Gaziantep, the Dogan news agency said.
The raid was conducted as part of an investigation into a double suicide bombing on October 10 in capital Ankara that killed 102 activists assembling for a peace rally.
Yesterday, four suspected ISIS militants travelling by a car were shot dead by Turkish army when they approached a military checkpoint in Gaziantep. The police had also arrested seven suspected ISIS members in Ankara, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
The latest attack comes as world leaders gathered in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya for the G20 summit where fight against terrorism will be a major discussion point, following this weekend’s attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the strikes.
Security has been stepped up for the G20 Summit – thousands of security personnel and high-tech surveillance systems dot every nook and corner of the Turkish resort town as leaders of the world’s 20 top economies, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congregated.
Nearly 13,000 security personnel are guarding the summit venue – Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Center in the Belek town of Antalya’s Serik district. Drone detection equipment, 350 mobile cameras with license-plate recording and face-recognition systems are also being used.
Belek has been declared a high-security Red Zone area and a virtual no-go zone for the non-delegates. Markets and shops around the venue have been shut and thousands of barricades and security personnel are deployed alongside roads leading to the venue.
As part of additional security measures, no tourists are allowed to stay in the hotels in Belek for the entire duration of the Summit, which ends on Monday. At least 30 of the 46 hotels in the area have been designated as part of the Summit zone.