ERBIL — A total of 48 suspects were arrested over alleged links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the month of August across Turkey, according to information collected by Anadolu Agency.
According to that information, there were many foreign suspects among the detained persons and a high number of ammunition and explosives, which were seized during the operations, Hurriyet Daily reported.
An operation was carried out in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, during which the Turkish security forces raided a depot used by IS and seized a high number of weapons and over 5 tons of ammonium nitrate used in making explosives. Six people were detained as IS suspects as well.
However, one of the most debated operation was conducted in Istanbul, after an IS militant killed a police officer, which led to the detention of 12 people of foreign origin allegedly connected to the attack.
In addition, the Turkish police reportedly detained another 28 suspects in similar operations carried out around the country, including two men allegedly responsible for the death of a Turkish citizen from the town of Sanliurfa.
The Turkish authorities continue carrying out operations against possible IS militants inside the country, while also trying to prevent any possible attacks.