9 Daesh mem­bers plot­ting at­tacks ar­rested

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

YES­TER­DAY, po­lice in the south­ern city of Adana cap­tured nine Daesh sus­pects ac­cused of plot­ting at­tacks. Sus­pects, in­clud­ing two Syr­ian na­tion­als, planned to strike cel­e­bra­tions for May 19 Youth Day, me­dia re­ports said.

Sus­pects were cap­tured in dawn raids with po­lice us­ing bat­ter­ing rams to en­ter their res­i­dences.

Op­er­a­tions come af­ter 54 for­eign­ers were de­tained Mon­day in Is­tan­bul for links to the ter­ror­ist group. It is the lat­est in Turkey’s con­tin­u­ous crack­down on the ter­ror­ist group that flour­ished in Iraq and Syria, two neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. Last month, the group’s “emir” for Syria’s Deir Ez­zor, was cap­tured in the western city of İzmir, while he was plan­ning to travel to Europe by sneak­ing in among a group of Syr­ian im­mi­grants. Em­bat­tled by coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tions in Syria and Iraq, Daesh sees its num­bers fur­ther dwin­dling with height­ened crack­downs in Turkey. In the past six months, se­cu­rity forces de­tained 5,402 sus­pects and ar­rested 902 in op­er­a­tions.

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