Po­lice de­tain 74 sus­pected IS mil­i­tants

Imperial Valley Press - - CLASSIFIED -

Tur­key’s of­fi­cial news agency says po­lice have de­tained 74 sus­pects who are al­leged mem­bers of the Is­lamic State group.

The Anadolu news agency said Satur­day the anti-ter­ror po­lice con­ducted si­mul­ta­ne­ous op­er­a­tions at 15 dif­fer­ent ad­dresses in Is­tan­bul.

Anadolu said 73 of the de­tained were for­eign­ers and were handed over to rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to be de­ported. There was no in­for­ma­tion on their na­tion­al­i­ties. The other sus­pect was be­ing ques­tioned.

IS has been blamed for sev­eral deadly at­tacks in Tur­key, killing more than 300 people since 2015. Along with com­bat­ting IS cells inside its bor­ders, Tur­key launched a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion into north­ern Syria in Au­gust 2016 to clear the bor­der zone of IS ex­trem­ists after a sui­cide bomb ripped through a street wed­ding in the south­east­ern prov­ince of Gaziantep.

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