Massive raids in Turkey see 400 suspected militants rounded up
Turkish police are seen on patrol at Istanbul's Taksim Square. (AFP/File)
Turkish counter-terrorism police have detained between 400 and 450 people suspected of involvement with Daesh. It was the largest operation yet carried out by Turkish police.
Suspected extremists were arrested in 18 provinces, in rural provinces as well as in Turkey's two largest cities. A total of 18 were detained in Istanbul, while police arrested 60 in the capital, Ankara. Several dozen suspected Daesh members were rounded-up in Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria.
According to the Anadolu Agency, Turkey's state-run media, the majority of those arrested on Sunday morning, February 5, were foreign nationals.
During the raids, counter-terrorism police confiscated Daesh documents, an unlicensed gun and a hunting rifle. Police also collected literature by Fethullah Gulen -- the cleric blamed for inspiring last summer's failed coup, which left hundreds dead and thousands more wounded.
Since 2014, Daesh has carried out several suicide bombings in Turkey. The group also took credit for the night club shooting that killed 39 people at New Years Eve party in Istanbul.
By Brooke Hays
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