Nine DAESH terrorists arrested in Turkey’s southeast

Turkey arrests nine DAESH terrorists following anti-terror operation carried out in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep

Photo by: AA
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Four suspected Daesh terrorists were detained after a police raid in Turkey's northwestern province of Bolu on November 3, 2015.

Turkish court ordered on Wednesday to arrest nine DAESH terrorists who were detained during an anti-terror operation carried out after two suspects threw hand grenades at police officers in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep.

According to the statement issued by Gaziantep governorate, the security forces determined that DAESH terrorists were planning to carry out a terror attack to a party and a nationwide newspaper building in the city.

“Members of the organization were detained, tools to be used in the terror attacks, hand grenades, explosives and weapons were seized and the bloody acts intended to create fear and chaos before the election has been prevented,” the statement said.

Turkey’s Gaziantep province has been home to several anti-terror operations targeting DAESH following Ankara suicide bombing that killed 102 civilians attending a “peace” rally organised by leftist labor unions in Turkey’s capital on Oct. 10.

One of the nine suspects, for whom an arrest warrant had been issued following the Ankara suicide bombing, was identified as Yunus Durmaz who is the so-called “Antep Commander” of DAESH and was in charge of Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep.

Police also discovered that Durmaz owns a self storage unit in Gaziantep. Following a search of the unit, a large amount of ammunition, weapons and explosives were seized by security officers during an anti-terror operation.

Meanwhile, the security sources announced on Wednesday that among the organisational documents seized from DAESH cell-house located in southeastern Diyarbakir province, there were sketches of three political party buildings that were on the target of DAESH terrorists.

Last week, seven militants were killed by Turkish security forces in an armed clash during an anti-terror operation targeting addresses belong to DAESH members in Diyarbakir.

Two security officers also died during the clashes before 17 suspects were detained and eight were arrested.

TRTWorld, AA