The Turkish “Anatolia” News Agency reported that the police had arrested persons suspected of having links with the “ISIS” terrorist organization in an operation targeting 35 foreigners in Istanbul today, Thursday.
The agency added that the anti-terror police unit carried out simultaneous raids on 34 residences in 14 areas of the city, after it received information about possible militant attacks at the time of the New Year’s celebrations.
The agency said that prosecutors in the capital, Ankara, had ordered the arrest of 15 other people as part of another investigation into the organization.
On Tuesday, the Turkish security forces arrested 35 persons of Arab nationality, out of 40 suspects in the capital, Ankara, as part of investigations related to “ISIS”, and they arrested dozens of people during the past days on suspicion of belonging to the organization.
Police have carried out arrest campaigns of Islamist militants in late December of the past two years since a gunman killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve 2017, in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility.