Feb 17 2019

Turkey arrests four Islamic State suspects in northwest

Turkish police on Sunday arrested four Islamic State (ISIS) suspects in a joint operation with Turkey's intelligence body MIT in the northwestern city of Bursa, state-run Anadolu Agency reported

The operation forces detained four foreign nationals —a Dutch woman of Moroccan descent, a woman with both Dutch and Moroccan citizenship, a Dutchman of Iraqi descent and an Iraqi man, whom the police charged with involvement in ISIS activities in Syria.

The two women were sought with an Interpol red and blue notice, according to Anadolu Agency.

Interpol's red notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest individual pending extradition. A blue notice is issued to collect additional information about a person's identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.  

The authorities charged the two other suspects of "aiding and abetting the terror group members".   

Last month, Turkish authorities detained 12 suspects over alleged links to the extremist group including two French women sought by Interpol. 

Turkey was hit by a series of terror attacks blamed on ISIS in recent years including the last in January 2017 when a gunman killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub. 

Turkish authorities repeatedly said they boosted security at the border crossings to prevent any infiltrations and allowed a U.S.-led international coalition to launch air raids on the group's bases in Syria from its soil.