Nearly 1,500 ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul in 2017
A total of 1,447 people, including foreigners, were detained in Istanbul for their suspected links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2017, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 2.
Police detained 1,141 foreigners during operations, while the intelligence service prevented many armed and bomb attacks.
The anti-terror branch office also prevented many terror attacks by rounding up several suspected ISIL members in various operations.
During an operation on March 16, 2017, anti-terror police raided a cell house in Istanbul’s Kağithane district and detained two unidentified Uzbek nationals, who were preparing to carry out an attack similar to the one at Reina.
The detentions came a day before millions of Turks across the country celebrated the 94th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey.
The police seized 66 bombs, four suicide vests and two guns and many bullets.
A detention warrant was issued against ISIL member Talip Akkurt, who traveled to Syria from the Turkish border province of Gaziantep in 2016. On Jan. 27, 2017, six people associated with Akkurt were detained.
Police detained a total of 49 people, including 41 foreigners, on April 15, who were plotting to carry out a terror attack before the referendum.
The teams had launched operations to capture the three top ranking members of ISIL responsible for planning and directing attacks.
On Dec. 8, 2017, a total of five suspects, including four foreign nationals, were detained over alleged links to the terrorist organization during counter-terror operations in the districts of Basakşehir and Sultangazi in Istanbul.
Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart ISIL attacks. More than 300 people have lost their lives in ISIL-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terror organization has targeted civilians in suicide bombings and rocket-and-gun attacks.