- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Police in Turkey discovered a stash of Darth Vader masks when they raided an Islamic State cell in Diyarbakir on Tuesday.

The masks are believed to have been used by the militants to protect their faces from shrapnel in the event of an attack. 

Police detained 15 militants when they stormed the house held by the militant group. Two policemen and seven terrorists were killed during the raid, according to the Daily Mail. 

Authorities initially said that the officers who died in the raid were killed by booby-trapped bombs. But in a statement Tuesday, the governor’s office said the police were killed by suicide bombers. 

“Two policemen were martyred and five and five security force members were injured during the operation as a result of a suicide bomber blowing himself (or herself) up,” the governor’s office said in a statement, the Daily Mail reported. 

On Tuesday, police also detained about 30 Islamic State suspects in raids in the central Turkish city of Konya and in the nearby town of Cumra, and another 21 people were detained in Istanbul. 

Turkey’s military said 17 ISIS militants were detained in the border province of Kilis while trying to sneak across into Syria, the Daily Mail reported.





• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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