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ISIL suspected of firing on Kyrenia hotel

21 September 2015

ISIL is trying to extort money from several casinos and hotels in North Cyprus, a speculative report by ‘Kibris Postasi’ says.

An attack in the early hours of Sunday morning saw gunmen fire over 50 bullets at the Savoy Hotel in Kyrenia.

The newspaper reports that speculation is rife the that ISIL terrorists are pressuring and threatening some of the casinos in the TRNC.

According to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Africa’, no one was injured and it is believed that the aim was to “warn and threaten” the hotel owners.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident and are in custody.

The TRNC police would not allow press to approach the hotel.

Turkish Cypriot media have reported that Islamic State’s threats have been under intense discussion by the security forces. About a year ago, journalist and Middle East expert Husnu Mahalli told ‘Kibris Postasi’ that ISIL had Cyprus on their maps and on their radar.

There has been no official comment on the media’s claims.

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