Turkish army seizes four ISIS militants crossing into Turkey

Turkey’s General Staff announces that Turkish army seizes four ISIS militants crossing into Turkey through southern Kilis province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Materials seized by police officers in raids to home of senior ISIS suspect in Istanbul's Buyukcekmece district on October 21 2015

Turkish Security Forces captured four ISIS militants as they were attempting to enter Turkey from the southern province of Kilis bordering Syria, the office of the General Staff announced on Thursday.

According to released information, four ISIS militants whom are foreign nationals were detained as provincial gendarmerie forces were patrolling the area near Havuzlucam village of Kilis’s Elbeyli district on Wednesday.

The militants were sent to court following their interrogation, the office said.

In several other operations carried out by Kilis's provincial police department, 20 foreign nationals, who were determined in their attempts to cross into Syria were detained.

The police launched an investigation against suspects that were driven to join ISIS.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul police carried out raids against targeted locations against ISIS suspects on Wednesday.

One suspect that is alleged to be an ISIS senior in Chechnya was arrested.

Two suspects, who hold high ranking positions in ISIS operations in Dagestan were also detained.

Nine other Dagestani detained suspects were sent to the foreigners directorate of the police department to be deported.

Police said that they had caught Mohammed al Hac S in Istanbul's Buyukcekmece district, who is an alleged Chechen senior, who had been under surveillance over a long period of time, both technical and physical.

In search of his home, police found three binoculars, six laser distance metres and a spotting scope.

In the meantime, the Dagestani suspects were detained in six simultaneous operations in Istanbul's Basaksehir district.

Mahmut S and Aslan T are suspected of recruiting militants for conflict areas in Syria and Iraq.

TRTWorld and agencies