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Ankara- Turkish police killed on Wednesday a member of ISIS terrorist organization who had planned a suicide bomb attack near Turkey’s old parliament building and the mausoleum of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, in Ankara.

The Turkish authorities announced on Wednesday that security forces succeeded in eliminating 24-year old Ahmet Balik from the southeastern province of Diyarbakir while attempting to capture him.

Photos published by local media outlets showed the terrorist scouting the mausoleum of Ataturk and the former parliament building.

The Interior Ministry said Balik is a member of ISIS who had planned suicide bomb attacks in the country.

On Oct. 29, Turkey celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic. Thousands of Turks are expected to flock to the mausoleum of Ataturk on that day, while high-ranking Turkish officials are expected to attend ceremonies in the former parliament building.

Last Monday, Ankara issued a decision banning all public gatherings and demonstrations throughout November.

The wide terrorist threats in Turkey have pushed the authorities to take new measures to deal with potential terrorist attacks.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up last Sunday during a standoff with security forces in Ankara. Three policemen were killed and eight people were injured, including four Syrians.

After receiving village headmen at the presidential palace in Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey has adopted a new strategy in facing problems, stressing that the government will take necessary steps to eliminate all terror threats before terror groups take action.

“From now on, we will not wait for troubles to come knocking on our doors,” he said.

Erdogan added that Turkey will not wait anymore for terrorist organizations to attack the country, but would attack areas where these groups find shelter and would destroy them.