Radical Islamic terrorist arrested over plan to attack Australians and New Zealanders at Gallipoli

Radical Islamic terrorist arrested over plan to attack Australians and New Zealanders at Gallipoli

Turkish authorities have arrested an Islamic State member who was planning to attack tomorrow’s Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders.

The suspect is a Syrian national who was detained in Tekirdag, a northwestern province close to the Gallipoli peninsula, a local police spokesman said.

The Radical Islamic terrorist was identified in Turkish media simply as “A H”, along with a blurred passport photo.

Every year, Australians and New Zealanders travel to Turkey for memorial services on April 25 commemorating the failed 1915 military campaign by Anzac and allied forces to drive Ottoman troops from Gallipoli and the Dardanelles region.

On Wednesday, soldiers from New Zealand, Australia, Turkey and other countries held several services on the peninsula.

At dawn on Thursday, Australians and New Zealanders are due to hold a special dawn service marking the landings by ANZAC forces.

The police spokesman did not specify which day the detained terrorist may have been planning to carry out the attack.

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