Turkish police detain at least 100 ISIS suspects

2017-11-11 07:05
A man stands at attention during a minute of silence to mark the 79th anniversary of Turkey's founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's death, in Istanbul. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

A man stands at attention during a minute of silence to mark the 79th anniversary of Turkey's founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's death, in Istanbul. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

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Istanbul - Turkish police have detained at least 100 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, Turkey's official news agency said on November 10.

Istanbul police conducted simultaneous operations at multiple districts to detain 82 foreigners, Anadolu Agency reported. The suspects had allegedly been active in conflict zones with ISIS and planned on going to Syria.

Separately, Anadolu said 11 Syrian nationals were detained in the southern province of Adana for alleged links to ISIS. Seven others, whose nationalities weren't revealed, were detained in western Izmir province. The nationalities of the 82 foreigners detained in Istanbul also weren't disclosed.

The operations are part of Turkey's ramped up effort to clamp down on ISIS. Police detained more than 170 ISIS suspects in a sweep in the capital, Ankara, on November 9.

The Istanbul detentions were part of operations to protect November 10 commemorations of the 79th anniversary of founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's death as well as securing an Istanbul marathon scheduled for November 12, according to the private Dogan news agency.

Turkey has suffered a series of bloody attacks blamed on ISIS militants, including a New Year's attack at an Istanbul nightclub by a gunman that killed 39 people.

In October, police said they broke up sleeper cells and detained dozens of ISIS suspects allegedly planning an attack during a national holiday. A bomb-laden vehicle and motorcycle set up to be detonated with remote controls were discovered outside a mall in Istanbul, along with suicide vests, according to Anadolu.

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