Six ISIL suspects detained in central Turkey
KONYA - Anadolu AgencySix suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were caught in an operation on early April 23 in the Central Anatolian province of Konya.
Police detained six suspected foreign ISIL members during operations at various addresses in the province.
The Konya Governor’s Office said in a statement the ISIL members had sought possible attacks targeting statesmen visiting the city along with other strategic targets.
“Preventing a possible attack has been ensured with the operations [against the suspected ISIL members]. Legal procedures have started regarding the detained people,” the Konya Governor’s Office said in a statement issued on its website.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was in the city on April 22 at the Islamic Word Tourism Capital Konya introductory meeting event.
Recently, seven suspected ISIL members were caught on April 21 in two different districts of the southeastern province of Gaziantep.
Five Turkish suspects were caught while they were trying to enter the country illegally from Syria in the Karkamış district in addition to another two foreign members of ISIL in the Oğuzeli district. The pair were later released by the court and deported.
Turkey has recently been on high alert, as the country has been rocked by a series of suicide and car bomb attacks which claimed many lives and wounded hundreds.