ISTANBUL, March 24 (Xinhua) — Turkish police detained 18 suspects in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul for their alleged ties to the Islamic State (IS), the state-run Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.
Police forces and special operation teams launched simultaneous operations at 15 addresses to capture the suspects, according to Anadolu.
Those targeted in operations, including 16 foreign nationals, illegally crossed into Turkey after spending “a long time” in conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.
Many organizational documents and digital materials were also seized during the raids.
Last week, at least eight more suspected IS members were detained in the city for their alleged ties to the group, according to press reports.
The IS has conducted a spate of deadly attacks in Turkey since 2015. Since then, Turkish counter-terrorism units conduct operations against the group members in the country.