Police on Aug. 25 detained an ISIS militant preparing for a "sensational" attack in Istanbul.
The militant, identified only by the initials as H.S., was detained after authorities determined that he arrived in Istanbul from the southeastern province of Gaziantep to explore the Beyoğlu district, mainly Taksim Square, to make preparations for an attack.
H.Ş. was apprehended at a hotel in an early morning raid in the Küçükçekmece district.
A Kalashnikov rifle, five additional mags and 150 bullets were seized.
He was later arrested.
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