Turkey intelligence warns of Islamic State attacks ahead of holiday

Turkey's intelligence agency is warning about potential Islamic State attacks ahead of a public holiday this week, after 10 members of the militant group crossed into the country from Syria, Hurriyet newspaper reported Monday.

The report said the agency warned of attacks on the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic, and the US embassy, both in the capital Ankara. The holiday on May 19 commemorates Ataturk.

Turkey has blamed Islamic State for a number of major suicide bombings over the past year in Ankara, Istanbul and Suruc, leaving more than 150 people dead, including tourists.

The Turkish military says it has been attacking Islamic State positions just across the border in Syria, as rockets fired from the group's territory continue to fall on Kilis, a province in southern Turkey, killing at least 18 people since the beginning of this year.

The report also cited threats from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), as fighting continues in Turkey's south-east between militants and security forces.

Last update: Mon, 16/05/2016 - 14:17

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