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Turkish police arrest man allegedly planning to carry out attack on Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli

A Syrian man has been arrested in Turkey who local police believe was planning to attack Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli.

The man, reported to be aged 26, was arrested on April 23 (yesterday April 24 NZT). Turkish media say he is Abdulkerim H.

He was detained in Tekirdag (between Istanbul and the Gallipoli Peninsula) and remains in custody.

Turkish media say he was caught after some ISIS members were caught in the Turkish city of Osmaniye and his phone number was found on their phones and he was tracked.

They also say it was a planned attack in retaliation for the Christchurch Terrorist attacks.

In a statement NZ Defence says: "The Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the New Zealand Defence Force are aware of Turkish media reports that the Turkish National Police has arrested an individual who is alleged to be involved in activities designed to disrupt Anzac services at Gallipoli."

"This is a matter for the Turkish Authorities.

"Australian and New Zealand agencies are liaising with the responsible Turkish authorities in relation to this media reporting.

"Planning and preparations for the Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli are continuing."

Source: 1 NEWS