Burqa-clad Turkish 'suicide bomber' turns out to be disguised lover
Published 09/11/2015 | 08:08
A Turkish man arrested over fears he was a ‘suicide bomber’ had disguised himself with a burqa so he could meet a secret lover from a dating site.
Turkey is on high alert following a massive twin suicide bombing at a peace rally in Ankara killed 102 people last month, the worst-ever terror attack in its history.
Locals in the seaside town of Ordu alerted police to a "would-be suicide bomber" on Saturday after noticing that a burqa-clad "woman" talking on the phone at a bus stop was wearing men's shoes, local news sources said.
A police team arrived at the scene and "unmasked" the 33-year-old man, who was dressed in full-length, Islamic-style black robes covering his face.
Authorities detained him for "inflicting fear and panic in the public," the Dogan news agency reported.
The 33-year-old man, who is married with two children, told police that he had resorted to the burqa disguise in order to secretly meet a woman he had met on an online dating site for the first time.