ISIL suspects detained around Turkey
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
DHA photoPolice teams in three Turkish provinces detained a large number of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suspects on May 18, as the country tightens its grip on the group amid security warnings that have been issued ahead of Youth and Sports Day celebrations on May 19.
Istanbul counter-terrorism police units conducted simultaneous operations in Sultangazi, Esenyurt, Esenler and Sultanbeyli on 10 addresses in the morning hours.
Special operations police and a police helicopter also supported the operation.
Five Syrian-origin ISIL suspects who were allegedly making preparations for attacks and another five who were assisting the suspects were detained in the operations.
The detained ISIL suspects were taken to Bayrampaşa State Hospital for health checks before being transferred to the Istanbul Police Department for interrogation.
Turkish police issued a confidential warning to provincial police departments in all 81 of the country’s provinces on May 16, cautioning against imminent attacks by the jihadist group during Youth and Sports Day celebrations on May 19.
Meanwhile, anti-terror teams have detained 35 people for their alleged links to ISIL in a dawn raid in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on May 18. The raid, conducted simultaneously on 28 different addresses, was assisted with armored vehicles, with the teams discovering documents and ammunition suspected to be related to the group.
In the Black Sea region of Samsun, police teams detained five Iraqi men, three of whom are brothers, for allegedly being ISIL members.
The detention of the suspects came upon a call from an individual in the Canik district of Samsun. The brothers, identified as Basim Jasim M., Adil Jasim M., Ahmet Jasim M., as well as two others identified as Muhammed M. and Ahmet Riyad Atiye H., were captured in a raid.
The five were also determined to have entered Turkey illegally.