Turkish security forces have foiled the structure of the secret office of the terrorist group Daesh in the country, which was used to transfer funds to the so-called families of martyrs and captives, according to a report published on Thursday.
Ankara’s counterterrorism teams revealed the structure after detaining Daesh figures identified by the initials MMA, YO, MJ and HE, Lebanese, Tunisian and Syrian nationals, respectively, and confiscating digital documents during the raids. The digital content contained a list of individuals who received funds from Daesh and decrypted bank receipts.
The four suspects were arrested and sent to prison, and the MMA terrorist, codename “Abu Omar”, made a series of confessions to the police, the Hürriyet daily reported.
The terrorist told police that a man codenamed Refik was sending him a list with the names of women to whom Daesh would send money.
“Daesh set up a money transfer system to send the money. The funds were sent to individuals through their identity information,” MMA told police, adding that he had forwarded the bank receipts to the women on the list via Telegram and that the women had been instructed to go to the shops where the money had been transferred.
He added that they even opened a cosmetics store in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district for the terrorist group.
In January, Turkey arrested a member of Daesh’s execution team in the northern province of Samsun.
In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh a terrorist group. The country has since been attacked by the terror group on several occasions, with more than 300 people killed and hundreds injured in at least 10 suicide attacks, seven bombings and four armed assaults.
In response, Turkey launched counter-terrorism operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks. In May, Ankara arrested an ISIS terrorist identified as the right-hand man of former terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.