Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 15 July 2020

Turkey arrests 20 for suspected ISIS links

It comes a day after the US said they had killed the ISIS leader in a raid in Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at his presidential palace in Ankara. AP
Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at his presidential palace in Ankara. AP

Turkish police have detained 20 foreign nationals suspected of links to ISIS, the country's state-run news agency has said.

Anadolu Agency said on Monday that the suspects were detained in the capital Ankara by anti-terrorism police. There was no immediate information on their nationalities.

The sweep came a day after the US announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi was killed in a raid in Syria.

Turkey was hit by a wave of attacks in 2015 and 2016 blamed on ISIS and Kurdish militants that killed around 300 people.

In the last major attack, 39 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations in the early hours of 2017. The attack was claimed by ISIS.

Updated: October 28, 2019 12:44 PM

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