Wednesday 24 January 2018

Burqa-clad Turkish 'suicide bomber' turns out to be disguised lover

The ban on wearing the niqab and burqa was brought in on October 2
The ban on wearing the niqab and burqa was brought in on October 2

David Kearns

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.

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