Dec 29 2017

Turkey detains 75 alleged Islamic State members

43 foreign nationals and three Turkish citizens were detained in Istanbul as part of police operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday, pro-government newspaper Akşam reported.

Turkish police conducted midnight operations in 10 districts of Istanbul, the report said.

The police sources said the suspects were collecting money for the organisation by theft, extortion and smuggling, and recruiting new members to the extremist jihadist group in Syria.

The foreign nationals will be extradited, and the three Turkish citizens are being interrogated at the police department, the news report said.

29 other ISIS suspects were detained in Ankara on the same day, Reuters said.

It is thought that Turkish security forces are trying to avoid a repeat of last year's New Year terror attack, in which an ISIS militant shot dead 39 people and wounded 79 others in a popular Istanbul nightclub.

This week, a Turkish court also freed a man accused of being the regional leader of Islamic State (IS) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, Ahval has reported.