Turkish police have detained five people in connection with a series of apparent arson attacks on mosques in Istanbul, state-run Anatolian news agency reported on Monday.
Media in Turkey have carried reports of an unprecedented spate of fires in mosques this month, and there has been persistent uncertainty over the cause of the fires.
Anatolian said police carried out an operation on the Asian side of Turkey's largest city, in the district of Kadikoy and the surrounding area.
It said police were questioning the five suspects. However, police officials declined to comment on the report.
According to a report on the website of Milliyet newspaper, as many as 19 mosques have been targeted in the wave of apparent arson attacks.
The fires have caused limited damage and there have been no casualties.
It was unclear what motives there might be for the fires in Turkey.
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