ISIS: 'mastermind' of attacks in Ankara, Suruc identified

33-year-old Turkish national, ex-member al Qaida

11 December, 12:56

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 11 - Turkish anti-terrorism forces have identified the alleged mastermind of ISIS attacks carried out in the country over the past few months, including attacks in Ankara and Suruc, local media report.

    Media outlets identified the man as Ilhami Bali, a 33-year-old Turkish national known as the 'ISIS customs officer'.

    Arrested in 2002 on charges of being an al Qaida member, he was released three years later. In 2012, he allegedly travelled to Syria to join the al Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al Qaida, and became an effective member of ISIS one year later.


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