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Turkey arrests two IS suspects over New Year suicide attack plot: Official

Turkey is on high alert for potential bombings after a string of IS-linked attacks in recent months
Turkish police enter Istanbul University to separate leftists and demonstrators during a rally (AFP)
Turkish police in Ankara have arrested two suspected suicide bombers linked to Islamic State (IS) militants who were plotting an attack on New Year's Eve in the capital, a Turkish official told AFP on Wednesday.
"They are suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State and were planning an attack on the New Year in Ankara," the official said, asking not to be named.
Counter-terrorism police arrested the two people in the Mamak district in the outskirts of the capital, the private NTV television reported. 
Turkey is on high security alert after 103 people were killed on 10 October when two suicide bombers ripped through a crowd of peace activists in Ankara, the worst attack in modern Turkey's history.
That attack was blamed on IS, like two other deadly strikes in the country's Kurdish-dominated southeast earlier in the summer.
Turkish authorities have over the past months cracked down on the group's so-called "sleeper cells" throughout the country.

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