Turk­ish po­lice de­tain more than 440 peo­ple in anti-IS oper­a­tion

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM/NEWS -

Turkey’s anti-ter­ror­ism po­lice have de­tained more than 440 peo­ple for al­leged links to the Is­lamic State group, the state-run news agency re­ported Sun­day.

The Anadolu Agency said 60 sus­pects, the vast ma­jor­ity of them for­eign­ers, were taken into cus­tody early Sun­day in the cap­i­tal, Ankara.

It said a to­tal of 445 peo­ple were de­tained in si­mul­ta­ne­ous pre-dawn po­lice oper­a­tions that spanned sev­eral cities, in­clud­ing Istanbul and Gaziantep, near the bor­der with Syria.

The largest oper­a­tion was in the south­east prov­ince of San­li­urfa, where po­lice took into cus­tody more than 100 sus­pects from mul­ti­ple ad­dresses and found ma­te­ri­als re­lat­ing to Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

Se­cu­rity forces also ap­pre­hended nine sus­pects who were al­legedly pre­par­ing an at­tack in the north­west­ern city of Izmir.

Anadolu did not give the na­tion­al­i­ties of all those de­tained but there were 10 mi­nors among the for­eign­ers de­tained in Istanbul and the north­west­ern prov­ince of Ko­caeli.

Turkey, which last year en­dured a failed coup at­tempt and dozens of bloody at­tacks linked to IS or Kur­dish mil­i­tants, has been step­ping up its anti-ter­ror­ism ef­forts.

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