Police rounded up at least 10 people with suspected links to Daesh terror group in simultaneous operations carried out in seven districts of Istanbul.

Turkey was one of the first countries to declare Daesh a terror group.
Turkey was one of the first countries to declare Daesh a terror group. (AA)

Turkish police have apprehended at least 10 people with suspected links to Daesh terrorist group.

Anti-terror police teams in Istanbul launched an operation to nab the suspects, considered to be part of groups planning attacks on behalf of Daesh in the metropolis, security sources said on Saturday. 

As part of the investigation, police teams carried out simultaneous operations at 13 locations in seven different Istanbul districts and nabbed the suspects, said the sources, who requested anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.


A large number of digital material and organisational documents were also seized during the raids.

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Turkey was one of the first countries to declare Daesh a terror group.

The country has since been attacked by its terrorists multiple times. 

The group has carried out at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed attacks, killing 315 people and injuring hundreds more.

In response, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.

Anti-terror operations

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and to enable the peaceful settlement of residents.

Turkey conducted Euphrates Shield operation in 2016, a region controlled by Daesh. 

This was followed by two other operations dubbed Olive Branch in 2018 and Peace Spring in 2019, areas controlled by YPG/PKK terror groups.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies