14 suspects detained in Istanbul over suspected Daesh ties
Turkish counterterrorism squads enter a building where Daesh terrorists had been hiding, Istanbul, Turkey, May 20, 2021. (AA Photo)

14 suspects detained in Istanbul over suspected Daesh ties

Turkish security forces detained 14 suspects in Istanbul over their alleged ties to Daesh terrorist group, an official said on Sunday.

Provincial counter-terrorism units on June 11 simultaneously raided 20 addresses in 13 districts of Istanbul and made the arrests, said the official, who wished to remain anonymous due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Turkish security forces nabbed at least 850 suspects with links to Daesh in the first three months of 2021.

In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh a terrorist group.

The country has since been attacked by the terrorist group multiple times, with over 300 people killed and hundreds more injured in at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks and four armed assaults.

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

Turkey detained Daesh’s so-called “Turkish emir,” Mahmut Özden, in August. He was planning to carry out an attack on the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and target politicians, nongovernmental organization (NGO) heads and other prominent figures in Turkey, according to the official investigation.

This article originally appeared in DAILY SABAH on 13 June 2021.