Turkish police detain 30 ISIS suspects in raid

Members of Turkish police special forces in armored vehicles take part in a security operation in Diyarbakir. (File photo: Reuters)

Turkish police detained around 30 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suspects in a dawn raid on Tuesday, a day after a deadly shootout with a group of them, local media reported.

Police launched simultaneous operations against ISIS cell houses in the conservative central Anatolian city of Konya, the Dogan news agency reported, adding that the operation was ongoing.

On Monday, two policemen and seven ISIS suspects were killed in a gun battle in the Kurdish majority city of Diyarbakir in the southeast of the country.

Turkey, gearing up for elections on Sunday, has launched a hunt for ISIS extremists after blaming the group for a massive twin bomb attack in the capital Ankara this month that killed 102 people.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to press ahead with operations against all "terrorists" including ISIS and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Long criticized by its Western allies for not doing enough to stem the rise of the extremist group, Turkey launched air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria after a deadly bombing on a border town in July.

But most of the firepower was concentrated on PKK fighters based in northern Iraq, rupturing a 2013 truce between Ankara and the rebels.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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