Turkey detains 43 ISIS suspects in nationwide operations

Turkish security forces carry out operations nationwide, detain 43 ISIS suspects

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Suspected ISIS member is seen being arrested by the police in Konya province on October 11, 2015.

Turkey detained 43 suspected ISIS militants in operations carried out in five different provinces nationwide on Sunday, following the deadly terror attack that killed 95 people the day before.

The operations were carried out in central Konya province, southeastern Sanliurfa province, western Izmir province as well as southern Adana and Antalya provinces.

In a statement released by the Adana police department, a suspect, who was renting out homes to nine Algerians and three Moroccans who came to Adana to join ISIS in Syria, was detained. He was also acting as a “guide” for the group, police said.

After a judicial procedure, the suspect was arrested and security officers seized many documents containing names and contact information for suspects who were getting ready to travel to Syria.

The statement also added that the suspect had previously rented out homes to suspected ISIS militants in Mithatpasa neighborhood in Adana and those individuals, including 4 French, one Italian, one Indonesian, one German, one Tunisian and one Egyptian, were caught and delivered to the provincial migration office.

In operations carried out against ISIS in Konya, a group of 14 suspects including a woman, was tracked and later detained on Sunday over suspicion of having links to ISIS.

The suspects after receiving a medical exam, were taken to counter terrorism unit of the police department to be questioned.

In simultaneous operations in Sanliurfa, 14 ISIS suspects were detained following technical and physical monitoring.

They were taken to the police department for questioning after they were screened at hospital.

In Menemen district of Izmir, police launched an investigation after a tip was received saying that the suspects were involved in suspicious acts and they had material used for bomb making in their homes.

Seven suspects were detained and police found an unregistered gun, cartridges belonging to the gun, long range weapon cartridges, digital data and organization documents.

In Antalya, eight suspects were determined to have constant connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.

They were taken to counter terrorism unit for questioning.

TRTWorld and agencies