Turkey claims to have foiled ISIS attack; 27 suspects held

Updated: 20 July, 2020 09:21 IST | Agencies | Ankara

The Anadolu news agency reported that the suspects were held in simultaneous early morning raids by anti-terrorist police in Istanbul as they allegedly prepared to carry out attacks

Anti-terrorist police. File pic/AFP
Anti-terrorist police. File pic/AFP

Turkish police have detained 27 people in Istanbul over suspected links to the Islamic State group, state-run media said on Sunday.

The Anadolu news agency reported that the suspects were held in simultaneous early morning raids by anti-terrorist police in Istanbul as they allegedly prepared to carry out attacks.

The alleged attacks were in response to recent social media posts that insulted the Prophet Muhammad and that a "large number" of documents and digital material was recovered during the searches.

Turkey has suffered a number of attacks by ISIS militants over the past five years, including the bombing of a peace rally in the capital Ankara in October 2015 that killed 102 people.

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First Published: 20 July, 2020 08:59 IST

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