Turkish police detain 20 ISIS suspects before G20 summit

2015-11-06 11:14
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Istanbul - Turkish police detained 20 people suspected of links to Islamic State in Antalya province a week ahead of a G20 summit with world leaders there including US President Barack Obama, Dogan news agency said on Friday.

The detentions were part of a series of police operations against suspected Islamic State members across Turkey, a major conduit for militants crossing into neighbouring Syria. Police in Antalya declined to comment.

Turkey is imposing tight security ahead of the G20 summit on November 15-16 in the south-western province. It will be held in a Mediterranean beach resort away from the centre of Antalya city, protected by a heavy police cordon.

Ihlas news agency said police raids were held simultaneously in three districts of Antalya, with two of those detained Russian and two of them women. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to be among the leaders attending the summit.

Turkey vowed to take a more active role in combating Islamic State in July and President Tayyip Erdogan has said operations against them will continue.

The radical militants control territory along the Turkish border and have been linked to the suicide bombing last month of a pro-Kurdish rally in Ankara that killed more than 100 people.

This week, Turkey said it arrested nine suspected Islamic State members believed to have been preparing a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul.

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