The woman causes panic on an airplane after posing as a terrorist in Turkey
Woman causes panic in an airplane after posing as a terrorist, waves a Quran and threatens to blow up the jet before being towed away in Turkey
- The woman presented himself as a FETO terrorist aboard the plane in Istanbul this morning
- She was stopped by passengers and a security team found nothing suspicious
- Turkey blames FETO, also known as Hizmet, for the failed coup attempt in 2016
A woman claiming to be a terrorist today caused panic on board a flight from Istanbul after angrily swung a Quran into the cabin and threatened to blow up the plane.
With dark glasses and a blue headscarf, the woman claimed she belonged to FETO, a group that blames Turkey for a coup attempt in 2016.
After her threatening speech, she was stopped by passengers and escorted from the plane, according to the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak.
A security team then searched the Cyprus-bound plane and found nothing suspicious on board.
Threat: A woman aboard a flight in Turkey caused panic after waving a Quran and claiming she belonged to FETO, a group blaming Turkey for a coup attempt in 2016
Surrounded: Photos taken in the cabin showed that the women were circled and stopped by other passengers after they had blown up the plane
According to the Cyprus Mail, the woman heard shouting: & # 39; I am a FETO member and I will blow up the plane. & # 39;
Images taken in the cabin showed that the women were surrounded and restrained by other passengers after threateningly waving her Quran.
According to Turkish media reports, the woman claimed she had no fewer than five bombs.
She also seemed to be holding up a photo of Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim clergyman behind the controversial movement.
There were conflicting reports about whether the plane had departed too late or the flight had been canceled completely.
Some passengers turned out to return to the asphalt after the panic on Wednesday morning.
The flight would take off from Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul, destined for Ercan International Airport in northern Cyprus controlled by Turkey.
Confrontation: one of the passengers aboard the Pegasus Airlines flight confronts the woman, who was wearing dark glasses and a blue headscarf
End of the emergency: after her threatening speech, the woman was stopped by passengers and escorted out of the plane while security personnel checked for suspicious devices
Symbol: the woman also seemed to be holding up a photo of Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim clergyman behind the controversial movement
Return: after the panic on Wednesday morning, some passengers returned early to the asphalt at Istanbul airport
FETO, which stands for the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, is a name used by the Turkish government to describe the Gulen movement.
Gulen denies the claim and maintains that he runs a peaceful Islamic movement known as Hizmet.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames the movement for the failed attempt to drive him out in the summer of 2016.
Ankara has been chasing Gulen members inside and outside the country since the failed putsch, killing more than 250 people.
More than 130,000 civil servants were fired by emergency decisions and 77,000 people were arrested for alleged links with Gulen.
The purging even extended to referees in the Turkish Football Federation, some of whom were fired in the aftermath of the coup.
Earlier this year, 128 people accused of being one of the leaders of the coup were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Turkey is also pursuing the extradition of Gulen himself, who is currently based in the United States.
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