Turkish police detain five over ‘plotting terror acts on referendum day’

Istanbul police have detained five members of the Islamic State (IS) group, for allegedly planning terrorist attacks during the constitutional referendum on 16 April, media reported Friday.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, the police operation was carried out in multiple districts of Istanbul simultaneously, resulting in the capture and detainment of five individuals, one of them a national of Tajikistan.

The information on the terror attacks was reportedly obtained from the intelligence services. The detainees were taken to a police station and the investigation is being conducted further.

On 16 April, the citizens of Turkey will vote on amendments to the Turkish constitution to expand the powers of the president, thus transforming the country into a presidential republic if the Yes camp wins in the referendum.