Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has warned about possible attacks by the ISIS group against foreign embassies in the country.
The MİT issued a warning for the country’s police and security forces that the ISIS militants, who have retreated from Syria’s border town of Kobani, have crossed into Turkey, Hurriyet Daily reported on Thursday.
The ISIS militants could be working on armed or bombing attacks in the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul against the diplomatic missions of the countries involved in the so-called US-led coalition against the terrorist group, according to MİT.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and People’s Protection Units (YPG) retook the strategic town of Kobani, located on the border with Turkey, from the ISIS on January 26, after more than 100 days of fierce fighting with them.
The ISIS terrorists, however, are still scattered in Kobani’s southeastern and southwestern countryside.
Earlier on February 3, the Turkish intelligence service warned that some 3,000 ISIS members from Syria and Iraq are currently in the region and aim to cross into Turkey, particularly to Hatay, Adana, Ankara and Istanbul.
The warning notice further claimed that some people aged between 17-25 have entered Turkey under the guise of refugees and are planning to travel to Europe through Bulgaria in order to attack anti-ISIS coalition member countries.
The fresh warning by the Turkish intelligence agency comes as the country has long been under fire for its perceived reluctance to crack down on militants passing through its territory to join ISIS in Syria.
Earlier in October, a reporter working for Britain’s Sky News obtained documents showing that the Turkish government has stamped passports of foreign militants seeking to cross the Turkey border into Syria to join the ISIS terrorists.
Passports from different countries were recovered in a village near Syria’s strategic town of Kobani across the Turkish border.
Turkey has time and time again been accused of backing ISIS terrorists in Syria.
Meanwhile, a large number of foreign passports recovered from terrorists killed during Syrian army operations show that many of the ISIS militants in Syria had traveled from Libya, Chechnya, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Belgium and France.
The ISIS, who control swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.