Turkish police detain 70 over ISIS links ahead of new year celebrations

Turkish police on Monday detained 70 people in four provinces over suspected links to Islamic State (ISIS), state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The police conducted simultaneous raids in the country's central provinces of Ankara and Kayseri, the southern province of Adana, as well as the eastern province of Batman, Anadolu said. Police reportedly seized documents, digital material related to ISIS and weapons, it said.

Between 2015 and early 2017, Turkey witnessed a series of ISIS bombings and attacks, starting with an explosion in the southeast province of Diyarbakır during an election rally for the predominantly-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in June 2015.

In July of 2015, another blast killed 33 young people in the southeast town of Suruç who were planning to deliver humanitarian aid to Kurdish-controlled zones in Syria.

ISIS also claimed responsibility for an attack on a nightclub during the New Year celebrations in 2017, which killed 39 people.