More than 20 suspected ISIS terrorists arrested in Turkey



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At least 22 people suspected of being linked to the terrorist group Daesh have been arrested in Turkey, security sources said on Tuesday.

Simultaneous operations were carried out in nine provinces after prosecutors in the capital Ankara issued arrest warrants against 14 suspects.

The suspects were active members who provided personnel and equipment to the terrorist group, according to a statement from the Ankara prosecutor’s office.

Security forces managed to apprehend 11 of the 14 suspects, and efforts are underway to locate the other three, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to media restrictions.

A large number of digital materials, organizational documents and four binoculars were seized during the raids, the sources said.

In the southern province of Adana, seven ISIS suspects were arrested after authorities discovered they had entered the country illegally from Iraq.

Another suspect is still at large and efforts are being made to catch him, the sources said.

Digital documents and a pistol were found in the possession of the suspects, they added.

Four other Daesh suspects – all of foreign nationality – were arrested in the central province of Kayseri.

The suspects were active members of the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, sources said.

In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh a terrorist organization.

The country has since been attacked by the terrorist group on several occasions, with more than 300 people killed and hundreds more injured in at least 10 suicide attacks, seven bombings and four armed assaults.

In response, Turkey launched counterterrorism operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.

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