18 detained in anti-ISIL operation in Turkey’s northwest
SAKARYASome 18 people were detained in an operation targeting suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northwestern province of Sakarya on Nov. 17, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Documents linked to ISIL were also confiscated in the operations.
According to the police report, footage had recorded people in three motorcycles and 11 cars waving black flags, shouting “Allah-u Akbar” (God is the Greatest). Footage also showed people applauding and cheering those driving the motorcycles and shouting slogans supporting ISIL.
Meanwhile, footage obtained from an ISIL suspect’s computer showed militants traveling in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep. The footage obtained from ISIL suspect Yakup Karaoğlu’s computer has been added to the Ankara train station suicide attack case.
Some 36 ISIL suspects held responsible for the Ankara bombing are facing a total of up to 11,750 years in prison on charges of attempting to change the constitutional order and killing 100 people, as well as possessing unlicensed weapons and explosive materials.
The Ankara bombing on Oct. 10, 2015, was the deadliest terror attack carried out in Turkey by the jihadist group, killing 103 people, including the two suicide bombers, and wounding 391 others.
The attack occurred when suicide bombers linked to ISIL targeted members of NGOs and political parties holding a peace rally outside the Turkish capital’s main train station.