Turkey detains 54 Islamic State suspects

File: Turkey staged multiple crackdowns on the jihadist group, which has been blamed for attacks including one at an Istanbul nightclub over New Year 2017. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

ISTANBUL - Turkish police have detained dozens of suspected members of Islamic State in a crackdown on the extremist group in Istanbul, the private Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday.

Counter-terror police raided 19 addresses in more than a dozen districts late on Monday, detaining 54 suspects and taking them for interrogation at the city's police headquarters, it said.

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Police suspect they were planning to travel to neighbouring Syria.

Turkey staged multiple crackdowns on the jihadist group, which has been blamed for a series of attacks including one at an elite Istanbul nightclub over New Year 2017 that claimed 39 lives.

In April, police detained four key IS members including a so-called emir in charge of Syria's Deir Ezzor province.

AFP

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