Turkey detains 22 Daesh supporters, mostly foreigners, in Kilis

Published August 20th, 2015 - 04:00 GMT

Police detained 22 suspected Daesh supporters in southern Kilis province on Wednesday, the provincial governor’s office said.

The suspects were held during an operation in the province’s Elbeyli district.

A total of 21 foreign nationals are among those held, the office added.  

The suspects were handed over to the Foreigners Department of the Provincial Security Directorate.

Since July 24, around 1,600 people have been arrested in the wave of counter-terrorism raids amid a spike in attacks targeting security officers after the July 20 deadly suicide bombing in southeastern Suruc district that killed 34. The suicide bombing was blamed on Daesh.

Police have been carrying out nationwide operations to apprehend suspected militants of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Daesh, and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) -- all three groups are designated as terrorist groups in Turkey.


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