Turkey arrests 44 suspected Daesh members in country wide raids
Turkish special police forces are pictured during clashes with Daesh fighters on October 26, 2015, in Diyarbakir. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
Security forces detained at least 44 people in anti-terrorist raids carried out simultaneously across three Turkish provinces on Tuesday, Turkish security sources said.
The operations were carried out in Konya, Kocaeli and Istanbul provinces early morning targeting suspected Daesh members, the sources said.
In Konya, central Anatolian province, 30 suspects were detained, while 14 others were detained in northwestern Kocaeli province.
Security forces backed by police helicopters also carried out an operation in Istanbul’s Sultanbeyli district; however, the exact number of suspects detained there remained unknown. At least one suspect reportedly got injured while trying to run away from the police and was taken to the hospital. Another suspect fled and disappeared into nearby forestland.
Daesh is among terrorist organizations accused of killing 102 people in two back-to-back bombings at a peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Oct. 10.
There have been several arrests across Turkey since the July 20 Suruc suicide bombing that killed 32 people; most of the suspects detained since then have alleged links to the terrorist groups PKK, KCK, Daesh as well as the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front. The suicide attack in Suruc was blamed on Daesh.