Turkish police detain 30 ISIL suspects in raid

Turkish police detained around 30 ISIL suspects in a dawn raid on Tuesday, a day after a deadly shootout between Turkish police and the armed group's men

Turkish police detain 30 ISIL suspects in raid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish police detained around 30 ISIL suspects in a dawn raid on Tuesday, a day after a deadly shootout with the armed group's men.

Police launched simultaneous operations against ISIL cell houses in the conservative central Anatolian city of Konya. It is reported that the operation is still ongoing. 

On Monday, two policemen and seven ISIL suspects were killed in a gun battle in the Kurdish majority city of Diyarbakir in the southeast of the country.

Turkey, gearing up for elections on Sunday, has launched a hunt for ISIL extremists after blaming the group for a massive twin bomb attack in the capital Ankara this month that killed 102 people.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to press ahead with operations against all "terrorists" including ISIL and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Long criticised by its Western allies for not doing enough to stem the rise of the extremist group, Turkey launched air strikes against ISIL targets in Syria after a deadly bombing on a border town in July. 

But most of the firepower was concentrated on PKK fighters based in northern Iraq, rupturing a 2013 truce between Ankara and the terrorists.

Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2015, 10:40
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