111 Detained In Vast Anti-Isis Raids In Ankara

111 Detained In Vast Anti-Isis Raids In Ankara

Turkish police detained 111 Islamic State (ISIS) suspects in a vast anti-terror operation in the capital Ankara on Thursday (November 9), the latest round-ups in a widening crackdown against the militant group.

A total of 1,500 police officers took part in the raids across the Turkish capital after authorities issued arrest warrants for 245 suspects, state-run news agency Anadolu said.

The raids took place at 250 addresses where documents and digital material were found, the agency said, without giving further details.

In the western city of Bursa, 27 suspects including Syrians were also detained in anti-ISIS raids, Anadolu said.

Turkey has been hit by a series of attacks blamed on ISIS militants in the past two years, including the killing of 39 people in an elite Istanbul nightclub over the New Year by Uzbekistan-born Abdulgadir Masharipov.

He has previously confessed to the attack and will go on trial in Istanbul on December 11.

The group began to target Turkey from late 2015 onwards after Ankara allowed the U.S. military to conduct air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria via Turkey's southern Incirlik air base from August 2015.