11 detained in ISIL operation in Istanbul

11 detained in ISIL operation in Istanbul

11 detained in ISIL operation in Istanbul A total of 11 people have been detained in simultaneous operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) carried out in several districts of Istanbul.

Police carried out operations at 13 different addresses in five districts, Anadolu Agency reported. 

Anti-terror police determined the suspects had gone to fight alongside ISIL in Syria and Iraq and returned to Turkey illegally. Police then launched operations in Istanbul’s Başakşehir, Üsküdar, Kadıköy, Ataşehir and Ümraniye districts to apprehend them.

Eleven people were detained in the operations and searches were conducted at the addresses. 

A large amount of ammunition, a gun and digital and encrypted documents related to the jihadist group were confiscated in the searches, as well as military uniforms. 

The suspects caught in the operation were preparing an attack, daily Habertürk reported. 

The processing of the suspects at the police headquarters was ongoing.

Meanwhile, seven ISIL suspects were arrested in the Kemalpaşa district of the western province of İzmir. 

Nine suspects were detained in a police operation that targeted ISIL on Aug. 26, where a number of ISIL documents were also seized. 

The suspects were sent to court after interrogations, where one, identified only as A.Y., was released on condition of judicial control and another was sent back to the police due to a lack of documents. 

Kemal Tunç, İsmail Yanar, Ercan Bayır, Mehmet Sadık Kölemenoğlu, Tayfun Laçinkaya, Taner Takmaz and Müjde Bayır were arrested. 

The suspects held meetings with the militants who carried out an attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport which killed a total of 45 people wounded many others, Anadolu Agency reported.

It was also determined that the suspects provided logistical support for ISIL and recruited militants for the jihadists.