Turkish police detain 21 ISIS members in joint operation

Turkish police detain 21 suspected ISIS members in four city joint operation

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Twenty-one suspects including three foreigners accused of being members of ISIS were detained in an Istanbul based joint operation on Friday.

Concurrent raids were carried out in 29 separate locations by Istanbul as police forces in four different provinces of Turkey including Sanliurfa, Mersin and Kocaeli with the help of technical and physical equipment.

It is claimed that some of the suspects were working as recruiters seeking new ISIS members while the foreigners were preparing to pass into Syria.

Two automatic rifles, a number of bullets, organisational documents, digital equipment and military uniforms were found during searches on the addresses.

The police reported that the investigations are maintained.

Turkey was the first member of NATO to place ISIS on its national terror list.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “DAESH (ISIS) is a terrorist organisation supported by the Syrian regime” on Thursday.

Speaking at a fast-breaking dinner, Erdogan said the “actions of ISIS have no base in our religion, morals and conscience.”

TRTWorld and agencies