Turkish police have detained six suspected pro-Chechen militants who were reportedly trying to learn from other Islamic extremists how to make bombs, the Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday.
Police detained the six as part of a crackdown on Islamic militants in Istanbul and seized several electronic devices as well as diagrams showing how to make a bomb ignition switch, the agency said. The group is also suspected of collecting bomb-making material.
It was not clear when the six were detained. The suspects told police they were intending to take the material to Chechnya to fight Russian forces, Anatolia reported.
US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Qadimi signed an agreement on July 26 to formally end the USA's military presence in the country by the end of the year