Police detained 38 people, including Syrian citizens, over suspected links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in an operation on Dec. 28 in the northwestern province of Bursa, state-run Anadolu Agency said.
Counter-terrorism police carried out simultaneous raids on homes in various districts of Bursa, smashing doors open with battering rams and searching the properties, it said.
ISIL militants have carried out gun and bomb attacks in Turkey. Many foreign fighters have passed through Turkey in recent years on their way to join the jihadist group in territory it controlled in Syria and Iraq.
A year ago, the group claimed responsibility for a New Year’s Day mass shooting by a lone gunman who killed 39
people in a packed Istanbul nightclub. A trial of those allegedly behind the attack began this month.
Source: Daily News Online