Police in Turkey has detained 82 suspected members of the Daesh terror group with 77 of them being foreign nationals in raids conducted across Istanbul. A statement released t the media said counter-terror police squads targeted suspects believed to have acted on behalf of the militants, going to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq and preparing urban attacks in Turkey.
The arrested came from simultaneous raids out in 16 addresses across 10 districts from where digital materials, weapons, and other documents were recovered.
Turkey has been a partner in the US-led coalition against Daesh fighters, detaining more than 5,000 Daesh suspects and deporting several thousand foreign militants in recent years. Turkish police previously stepped up operations against Daesh suspects at the end of last year ahead of the first anniversary of a New Year gun attack on a nightclub in Istanbul in which 39 people were killed.