14 people detained for suspected ISIL links
Four foreign nationals were detained in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Authorities confiscated a large amount of digital material and documents relating to the terrorist group during a search of the suspects’ residences, said the agency.
One of the suspects was determined to be a wanted senior member of ISIL -- the so-called “emir” of Iraq’s Tal Afar district -- and entered Turkey illegally.
Separately, police teams in the Black Sea province of Samsun on Sept. 19 detained two Iraqi nationals. They raided their houses in the İlkadım district and seized digital materials.
Upon prosecutors’ instruction in the province, the suspects were released to be deported, according to Anadolu Agency.
Separately, in Istanbul, eight foreign nationals, including two women, were detained for suspected their links to ISIL.
Police teams launched simultaneous operations in six districts to nab those working for the terrorist group and were plotting a terror activity.
A number of organizational document and digital materials were also seized in the operations.
More than 300 people have been killed in attacks claimed by ISIL in Turkey, where the terrorist organization has targeted civilians in suicide bomb, rocket and gun attacks in recent years.
Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart ISIL attacks.