Extremist cleric threatens Turkish government after conference cancelled

Screen grab from Abu Hanzala's video where he threatens Turkish government

The extremist cleric, Halis Bayuncuk (Abu Hanzala), who was tried on charges of being the head of the Islamic State (IS) group in Turkey has threatened authorities after a conference he was due to speak at on Sunday was cancelled following a public backlash.

The extremist cleric published a video on social media and said they viewed the cancellation decision by the Ankara Governorate as a “threat”.

“Wait, we will wait too. Is Allah’s promise the truth, or are your empty threats. We will all see this in this world and the hereafter.”

Bayuncuk was detained has been imprisoned twice in the past and was detained and arrested in connection with the Ankara and Suruc bombings targeting socialist and Kurdish opposition activists.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which itself has Islamist roots, has been criticised for its divisive religious rhetoric support of Islamist groups in Turkey and the region.