Turkish police detain at least 100 Islamic State suspects

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Turkish police officers escort people suspected of being Islamic group militants, outside a court in the Black sea region city of Samsun, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

According to the law enforcement Turkey, some of the detainees known as members of the local group, providing global financial support to terrorists.

All the suspects are foreign nationals, with 82 of them captured during simultaneous operations launched in 14 areas of Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu Agency said, noting 11 Syrians were apprehended in operations in Adana. Then the police arrested 283 suspects, they seized 66 homemade bombs, which they meant to arrange terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Ankara. Investigators say the suspects meant to travel to Syria shortly.

Weapons and documents were also seized, Anadolu said.

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The operations are part of Turkey's ramped up effort to clamp down on IS.

Dozens of people had already been detained in Ankara late last month, some of whom were suspected of planning an attack on Republic Day on October 29.

Turkey has been hit by a series of attacks blamed on IS jihadists in the past two years, including one on an elite Istanbul nightclub at the New Year during which 39 people were killed by an IS gunman.

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