Turkey Detains Some 400 Islamic State Suspects

Turkey Detains Some 400 Islamic State Suspects

Turkish police on Sunday (February 5) detained some 400 suspected members of Islamic State (ISIS) in anti-terror raids carried out in six provinces, state media said.

At least 60 suspects were detained in the capital Ankara, while 150 suspects were detained in Sanliurfa province near the Syrian border.

Those detained were mainly foreign nationals, Anadolu news agency said.

Meanwhile, 30 alleged ISIS militants were detained in simultaneous counter-terror operations in Konya province, and 10 others were detained in Adiyaman province.

Police also detained 18 suspects in Kocaeli and Istanbul, 47 suspects in Gaziantep and 46 others in Bursa province.

Ankara says at least 780 people, including 350 foreigners, remain in detention - some of whom have been convicted - for suspected links to the jihadist group.

Turkey launched a military incursion into Syria last August in support of Syrian rebels to try to push ISIS away from the border area, and has frequently carried out raids on suspected jihadist safe-houses in Istanbul and other cities.

Ankara has stepped up efforts to tackle the militants after the group was blamed for a nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year's Eve. Thirty-nine people, mainly foreigners, were killed in the attack.

Turkey has a 900 km (550 mile) border with neighboring Syria which has become a transit route for would-be jihadists.