Turkey's Gendarmerie General Command, the military police responsible for security in rural areas, has reportedly notified the country's Interior Ministry about preparation by al-Qaeda-affiliate fighters in Syria to stage car bomb attacks in Turkey Today`s Zaman reported.
Turkish daily Milliyet reported on Friday that the gendarmerie sent a letter to the intelligence department of the Interior Ministry before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha notifying them about 10 car bombs that are being prepared to be detonated across Turkey.
A secret cable the gendarmerie sent to the police said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is planning terrorist attacks in Turkey and has prepared 10 cars with fake Turkish plates and loaded with bombs to be detonated in Turkey.
The terrorists were planning to cut the wired border fence with Turkey to bring in the cars. The cable said the final decision as to whether or not to carry out the terrorist attacks would have been given based on Turkey's position during the Friends of Syria meeting in London last week.
The letter explained that the ISIS plan would have been called off if Turkey had considered the terrorist group among the legitimate moderate opposition. Milliyet said Turkish authorities issued warnings to all police and gendarmerie forces in all cities across the country.
Turkey, which has been a staunch supporter of the Syrian opposition fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, is accused of providing logistical support to two al-Qaeda-linked groups -- the al-Nusra Front and ISIS.
Ankara has said several times that its stance towards the developments in Syria is clear and that it will not take part in the ongoing fighting, denying claims that it supports radical Islamist groups operating in Syria.