20 detained in Istanbul for suspected links to ISIL ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations
According to the police, the suspects were planning an attack during New Year Eve’s celebrations in the city.
Four Syrian nationals, including the suspect, were detained, and digital documents were seized in a raid security forces conducted on a house upon a tipoff, Doğan News Agency reported.
The group insists Syria’s Raqqa is their self-proclaimed capital. But the group was defeated in its so-called capital mid-October with the help of the United States.
Anti-terrorism police conducted a series of dawn raids across the capital, detaining 29 people, according to the source.
The raids came after the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants for 46 suspects, the majority of whom were reportedly foreign nationals.
Some of the suspects are believed to have been preparing a terror attack on New Year’s Eve celebrations, the source added.
A manhunt was underway to apprehend the other suspects in Ankara.
Separately, 46 suspects - 43 of them foreign nationals - were detained in Istanbul, a police source said.
The source said the suspects held in Istanbul were also allegedly plotting an attack during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart ISIL attacks.
Turkish authorities have recently stepped up security measures ahead of celebrations in the country.