IS terrorist blows himself up near G20 summit venue

Updated: 16 November, 2015 08:32 IST | Agencies |

With world leaders assembled in Turkey for G20 Summit, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the venue of the meet during a police raid; five policemen hurt

Ankara: A suspected Islamic State terrorist yesterday blew himself up in southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border during a police raid, injuring five officers.

G20 leaders pose for a group picture before the summit. Pic/PTI
G20 leaders pose for a group picture before the summit. Pic/PTI

The suspect detonated explosives when police raided an apartment building in the town of Gaziantep suspected of being a jihadist hideout, the governor’s office said in a statement.

The raid was conducted as part of the investigation into a double suicide bombing on October 10 in Ankara that killed 102 activists.

The attack came as leaders gathered in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya for a G20 summit, where the fight against terrorism was a major discussion point.

On Saturday, four IS militants, travelling by car, were shot dead by the army when they approached a military checkpoint in Gaziantep. A suicide vest, assault rifles, ammunition and other explosive devices were also found in the raid at Gaziantep.

Paris attacks overshadow G20 meet

Antalya: The Paris attacks have overshadowed the G20 Leaders Summit, with world leaders calling for a united global effort to combat terrorism. The G20 Summit, which was expected to mainly discuss inclusive economic growth and climate change, is now set to adopt a resolution at the end of the two-day meeting today, calling for better coordination and exchange of information to cut off funding and a more comprehensive approach on “addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism.” The summit, which opened yesterday, will also focus on the current state of the global economy, sustainable growth and climate change, trade, investment and energy, besides the refugee crisis.

Highlights of the summit
>> Implement the Financial Action Task Force, which involves stopping individuals sending money to groups like Islamic State
>> Make plans to prevent terrorists from exploiting technology, communications and resources to incite terrorism acts
>> Tackle the black market for oil that’s key to funding of the terror group
>> China pitched for IMF quota reforms and wants the G20 to reform the voting rights at the multilateral lending agency to give emerging economies a larger role
>> Modi proposes 7-point agenda on climate change; calls for target date before 2030 to reduce high costs of transferring remittances

The number of officials who have reached Antalya for the summit from across the globe

Leaders speak

US President
Barack Obama
“We will redouble our efforts working with other members of the coalition to bring a peaceful transition in Syria and to eliminate Daesh as a force that can create so much pain and suffering for people in Paris and Ankara and other parts of the globe”

Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
“The entire humanity must stand together as one against terrorism. The need for a united effort to combat terrorism has never been more urgent.”

Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin
“The world will be able to deal with the terrorist threat only if the international community unites its efforts.”

Chinese President  
Xi Jinping
“We will work more closely with the international community to reject and fight terrorism in all its manifestations”

First Published: 16 November, 2015 07:44 IST

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