Suspected ISIS militants captured by authorities in Turkey

Turkey’s security forces capture at least 34 suspected ISIS militants in two different operations conducted in country’s southern border province of Kilis and eastern province of Malatya

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Suspects being transferred to high security prison in this file photo.

Total of eight suspected ISIS militants were arrested on Friday in Turkey’s eastern province of Malatya while 26 others were detained in southern border province of Kilis.

On July 23, Turkey’s soldier, Yalcin Nane, was killed by ISIS.

According to security sources, the police detained the eight suspected ISIS militants in a joint anti-terror operation conducted in Malatya as well as Kilis and Bingol. The police raided 18 different addresses seizing organisational documents.

Meanwhile, 26 others [including two Turkish] were detained by security forces in Turkey’s Syrian border province of Kilis while they were illegally trying to enter Syria from Turkey.

According to Kilis Governorate, there was also one British citizen among the 26 attempting to go to Syria.  

In the statement released on Saturday,Turkey's General Staff said that the Land Forces Command also captured total of 790 people who attempted to enter Turkey from Syria on the day. 

Turkey's ongoing efforts against ISIS intensified after an ISIS suicide attack on July 20 that killed 34 people in the southeastern town of Suruc.

Following the attack, Turkey declared it would open its Incirlik Air Base in the southern province of Adana for use by US-led anti-ISIS coalition forces.

US and Turkish air forces hit several ISIS targets in Syria in recent operations while Turkish police also operate domestic raids on points which can be related to the militant group.

On the other hand, 15 suspected Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) militants were arrested by Turkey’s security officials in Istanbul as one suspect was released.

On Sept. 8, total of 16 suspected MLKP militants were detained in anti-terror operation carried out by the police.

The group previously targeted Turkey’s Star Media Group in July when a time bomb was found in the garden of Star Media centre.

Near the bomb, the militant group MLKP’s flag was found.


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