35 people arrested in Turkey for their alleged ties to Islamic State

MADRID, Apr 7. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Turkish security forces have detained 35 people in various parts of the country on Wednesday for their alleged ties to the jihadist group Islamic State, according to security sources cited by the Turkish state news agency, Anatolia.

These sources have indicated that at least eight suspects have been arrested in the city of Istanbul in an operation in which the agents have seized documents and digital materials.

Likewise, 27 other suspects have been arrested in raids carried out in eleven provinces against 33 people, six of whom remain on the run at the moment. The security forces continue operations to try to capture them.

The Turkish authorities announced in September 2020 the arrest of the alleged leader of the Islamic State, identified as Mahmut Ozden. Ozden was arrested during an operation in the Adana province (south), according to the Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu.

Islamic State, which Turkey declared a terrorist group in 2013, has carried out several attacks on Turkish soil in recent years in which at least 300 people have died and hundreds more have been injured.

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