20 Arrested in Istanbul for suspected links to ISIS

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Ankara: At least 20 people, including 15 foreign nationals, were arrested in Istanbul over their links to the ISIS group, police said on Sunday.

Turkish polices anti-terror teams raided simultaneously at four addresses in Istanbuls three districts after they were tipped off that the suspects were linked to the ISIS leaders in Syria and Iraq.

According to the police, the suspects were planning an attack during the New Year Eve celebrations in the city, according to Turkish Anadolu Agency website.

More than 300 people have lost their lives in ISIS-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the organization has targeted civilians in suicide bombings, and rocket and gun attacks.

Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart ISIS attacks.

In the houses of the suspects, a number of organizational documents were found. They were taken immediately to the headquarters of the security directorate to complete their investigations.


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