Police detain 25 foreign ISIS suspects in Turkey’s southeast

Turkish police detain 25 foreigners suspected of being members of self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS)

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Suspected members of ISIS were detained by Turkish police on Sunday in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep.

The suspected ISIS recruits from four different countries were caught while attempting to illegally cross into Syria.

The police mobilised after receiving a tip that a number of foreigners who entered Turkey via air would be arriving in Gaziantep with buses.

Carrying out an operation at the intercity bus terminal around noon, the police were able to detain the ISIS suspects.

The detainees including women and children were first taken to Dr. Ersin Arslan State Hospital and then to the anti-terrorism unit headquarters for questioning.

Most of the detainees were said to be Tajik nationals and were cited as saying that they embrace ISIS and want to migrate to land controlled by ISIS in Syria.

The police sources indicate the ISIS suspects will be deported back to their countries after the processing of the provincial migration directorate.

TRTWorld and agencies