Police forces detain nine ISIS suspects in Turkey's Kilis

Turkish security forces seize nine suspects aiming to cross to Syria from border province of Kilis to join ISIS

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish police seize several ISIS suspects during recent anti-terror operations in Istanbul.

Turkish security forces caught nine ISIS suspects while they were attempting to cross into Syria from Turkey's border province of Kilis on Monday.

The nine suspects were seized during two separate anti-terror operations.

The police reported that the seven of the nine ISIS suspects were foreign nationals.

Two of the nine suspects were arrested after questioning while the rest were sent to court.

Police also detained 50 foreign nationals accused of planning to reach conflict areas in Syria and Iraq and join ISIS in a seperate anti-terror operation in Istanbul on Saturday.

Turkish security forces have recently conducted numerous operations in several provinces against ISIS, detaining a number of suspects as the nation tries to recover from the most deadly terror attack in the history of the country which took place in the capital city of Ankara on Oct. 10.

One of the suicide bombers implicated in the terror attack in Ankara was identified as Yunus Emre Alagoz on Monday.

The twin suicide bombings, targeting a march in Ankara which was organised by leftist labour unions, killed 102 people and injured 500 others.

Officials have noted that the suicide bomber is determined to have had links with ISIS.

It has also been reported that Alagoz was the brother of another suicide bomber, Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, who carried out the Suruc bombing.

The Suruc suicide bombing killed 32 civilians in the garden of the Amara Culture Centre in Sanliurfa province, where members of the pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting.

Further investigation by police confirmed that Abdurrahman Alagoz was an ISIS militant.

Alagoz’s father has stated that his son joined ISIS in May 2015 and that police had been looking for him as a terror suspect.

Turkish police revealed that the vest which was found at the scene of the Suruc suicide bombing had was similiar to 33 other bomb vests seized in October 2014 during an anti-terror operation against ISIS in Gaziantep Province near Turkey's southern border. 

TRTWorld and agencies