Turkey on Thursday arrested nine Daesh/ISIS terror suspects as a part of an anti-terror operation in the northwestern province of Duzce, according to security sources.
Duzce’s chief prosecutor office issued arrest warrants for nine suspects as part of a probe launched to investigate foreign national terrorism suspects who were alleged “bomb expert, logistics officer, combatant, regional emir, police director, and intelligence officer” in conflict zones of the terror group.
Anti-terror police units and a team of intelligence service arrested the Iraqi national suspects, identified by only their initials, M.R, B.A, S.H, A.S, O.M, W.A, A.Y, H.K., and A.A at 12 addresses across the province.
A number of digital materials were also seized during the search at the suspects’ addresses, said a source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh/ISIS a terrorist group.
The country has since been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists multiple times, with at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed attacks that killed 315 people and injured hundreds more.
In response, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.
Daesh in Afghanistan
The terror group Daesh/ISIS is flourishing in neighboring Afghanistan with “Indian backing” due to the loose control of the Kabul government, Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar, the Pakistani army’s spokesman said, addressing a news conference in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
“Yes, there is Daesh footprint over there [Afghanistan] and it’s being supported by RAW [the Indian intelligence agency]. There is a lot of evidence available on that count but we are in contact with the Afghan government. We keep conveying our issues to them, concerns, we keep continuously keep engaging with them and it’s a very positive level of acceptability on both sides of what’s happening.
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