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Chilling IS video threatens more attacks in Turkish capital

In December, IS released a video showing two captured Turkish soldiers being burned alive [Twitter]

Date of publication: 17 January, 2017

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The Islamic State group has threatened to carry out more attacks in Turkey in a newly released video, following the police capture of the suspected extremist behind the nightclub attack.

The Islamic State group [IS] has threatened to a carry out more attacks in Turkey in a newly released video, as Turkish police captured the suspected extremist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub

IS' Furat media centre released the video on Monday, showing images of a militant dressed in black strolling through popular tourist landmarks in the Turkish capital.

"Oh believers, Turkey has now become a target for your jihad. Seek help from God and attack!" a narrator says in short message at the beginning of the video.

"Make its security shake and its comfort become a state of terror, then turn it into a place of fiery battle," he adds.

The video shows shots of a militant walking past sites such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and the Bosporus, as well as, security camera footage from the recent attack on the glamorous nightclub.

Clips of IS extremists beheading victims are shown, as a Turkish version of the well-known IS chant "Soon, Soon" plays.

     
      The video shows shots of a militant walking past tourist sites [Twitter] 

"We will commit martyrdom operations, we will blow things up and break icons, we will take revenge," the IS nasheed singer chants.

The video seems to send the message that IS could have cells and operatives active in the Turkish capital, planning further attacks.

The gunman who shot dead 39 people at the Istanbul nightclub was arrested and "confessed" to the massacre on Tuesday.

IS took responsibility for the bloodbath, the first time it has ever openly claimed a major attack in Turkey.

The group had previously been blamed for several strikes including triple suicide bombings at Istanbul airport in June.

Turkish forces have been fighting IS in Syria since August, and are currently struggling to capture the town of al-Bab.

In December, IS released a video purporting to show a pair of Turkish soldiers captured in Syria being burned alive.

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