Turkey Detains Russian Man for Plotting Drone Attack on American Plane

Incirlik Air Base near Adana Turkey

Turkish police officers escort Russian national Renad Bakiev in Adana, Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

Dogan news agency added that Bakiev is suspected of seeking to "stage a bomb attack aiming to bring down a U.S. plane using a drone" at the Incirlik airbase.

A Russian national identified as Renat Bakiev was reportedly detained in the southern Turkish city of Adana over suspicions that he planned to crash an American aircraft at the base using a drone.

Bakiev was detained after police surveillance showed him scouting the nearby city of Adana with the aim of carrying out his attack, local news reports.

Ankara has detained more than 5,000 Islamic State suspects and deported some 3,290 foreign militants from 95 different countries in recent years, according to Turkish officials. ISIS considers Alevis as heretics.

The Dogan News Agency published a photograph of a man it identified as Bakiyev on Twitter.

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Bakiev had also used a messaging app widely used by ISIS sympathisers to appeal for 2,800 Turkish Lira (£610) from other militants to buy a drone, Adena police said. He described Alevis as "enemies of Allah", and criticized President Tayyip Erdogan, while being interrogated, Dogan said.

He also admitted to reconnoitering the air base for his strike after a previous attempt he made to attack Americans failed, according to Dogan.

Anadolu also reported claims that Bakiev had been to Syria to fight with IS and had sought to stage an attack against American forces there, but without success.

The United States uses Incirlik, in Adana province, as a key base for air strikes against the IS militants in neighbouring Syria.

Jihadists have used armed drones to deadly effect in Iraq and Syria, where they converted the small aerial vehicles to carry small explosives.

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