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Thursday 27 April 2017

Turkey restricts internet after release of Islamic State soldier killings video

Turkey frequently restricts access to social media websites to prevent the spread of material authorities say would harm public order or security
Turkey frequently restricts access to social media websites to prevent the spread of material authorities say would harm public order or security

Turkey has restricted access to social media websites after Islamic State released a video purportedly showing two Turkish soldiers being burned alive, according to a monitoring organisation.

IS released the video late on Thursday, apparently showing the killing of two soldiers captured while fighting the militants in or around the northern Syrian town of al-Bab last month.

Turkish officials have not commented on the video.

Turkey Blocks, an internet monitoring website, said it had detected the "throttling of Twitter and YouTube", affecting many users in Turkey.

Ankara frequently restricts access to social media websites to prevent the spread of graphic images and other material authorities say would harm public order or security.

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