Turkey arrests 21 suspected Daesh members
Turkish authorities carried out raids across parts of the country early Friday, arresting 21 suspected Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
Turkish police raided a number of addresses in four provinces early Friday morning as part of operations against suspected Daesh militants.
According to the security forces, police detained 21 Daesh suspects – including three foreigners – during separate operations which were carried out in Istanbul, Kocaeli and the southern provinces of Mersin and Sanliurfa.
According to local media, Turkish police had a list of 30 Daesh suspects in Istanbul; one of the operations was carried out amid tight security in the city’s working-class Gaziosmanpasa district.
Two automatic rifles, a large number of ammunition, organizational documents and military uniforms were seized in the raids; the three foreign suspects were reportedly preparing to go to Syria.
Detainees were taken to police headquarters in the various provinces after health checks.
A number of massacres perpetrated by Daesh last year – along with the forced deportation of minority populations from areas under its control – led to the establishment of a U.S.-led international coalition last September to combat the extremist group.