Turkey: We Busted 'ISIS Cell' Headed for Germany

Authorities say 8 militants were planning to pose as refugees
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2015 10:12 AM CST
A plane sits on the tarmac at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Turkey says it has seized eight suspected ISIS militants who were trying to reach Germany. The suspects were detained at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after arriving from Morocco. Turkey's state-run news agency says they claimed to be tourists who were staying at a hotel in the city for two days, but the hotel denied that any reservations had been made, report the AP and the Local. The agency adds criminal profiling teams found a hand-drawn map showing a route from Turkey to Germany—via Greece, Serbia, and Hungary—on one of the suspects.

Authorities say the alleged militants were planning to pose as refugees during the journey. A day earlier, a friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled in Hanover after a bomb threat. "No explosives were found nor did we make any arrests," a police rep says. The threat level in Berlin is now listed as "high." (Read more Germany stories.)

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