ISIS Militant Detained, Planned to Bring Down U.S. Plane

ISIS Militant Detained, Planned to Bring Down U.S. Plane
Russian national Renat Bakiev (C) is escorted by Turkish anti terror police officers on August 10, 2017 during a medical check in Adana. Turkish authorities suspect him to be a member of the Islamic State (IS) group and accused him of planning to attack a US base in southern Turkey, a report said on August 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DOGAN NEWS AGENCY /Getty Images

Turkish authorities have detained a suspected Islamic State militant of Russian origin after he allegedly planned to use a drone to bring down a U.S. plane at the Incirlik air base, Dogan News Agency said on Thursday.

Reuters reports that Dogan, citing security officials, said Russian national Renat Bakiev was detained after police surveillance showed him scouting the southern city of Adana, where the base is located, with the aim of carrying out his attack.

Bakiev told authorities that he was a member of Islamic State and planned to use a drone to bring down a U.S. plane and carry out an attack against U.S. nationals, Dogan said.

Authorities said he had also scouted an association of the Alevi religious minority in Adana. He described Alevis as "enemies of Allah", and criticized President Tayyip Erdogan, while being interrogated, Dogan said.

Turkey has been a partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State forces, providing the coalition with access to Incirlik air base to wage strikes against the militants.

Ankara has detained more than 5,000 Islamic State suspects and deported some 3,290 foreign militants from 95 different countries in recent years, according to Turkish officials. It has also refused entry to at least 38,269 individuals.

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