Turkish Authorities Detain 30 Suspected IS Militants

World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | October 27, 2015, Tuesday // 11:01
Bulgaria: Turkish Authorities Detain 30 Suspected IS Militants (150723) -- DIYARBAKIR, July 23, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police guard the attack area in the city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, on July 23, 2015.

Turkish police detained around 30 people suspected of being Islamic State (IS) militants in a raid on Tuesday.

The arrests followed a major operation on an IS cell in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir conducted on Monday, Daily Hurriyet informs.

Turkish police launched simultaneous operations against IS cells in the Cumra district in the central Anatolian province of Konya on Monday and according to reports the operations are still ongoing.

The operation on Monday targeted 17 houses suspected of harbouring IS militants, with 7 suspects and two police officers killed in the raid, while 12 of the suspected IS militants were detained.

IS claimed responsibility for carrying out the suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in July.

Turkey has also held IS responsible for carrying out the deadly suicide bombings outside Ankara railway stations earlier this month.

However no organisation has yet claimed responsibility for the attack in the Turkish capital.

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