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Turkey rounded up at least 124 suspected of links to ISIS ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations
Turkey rounds up at least 124 suspected of links to ISIS ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations
By Travis Fedschun | Fox News
Over 100 people suspected of having links to the Islamic State terror group were rounded up in raids across Turkey on Monday, in an apparent attempt to prevent any attacks on New Year's Eve.
Of the 124 people who were detained, 33 were foreign nationals arrested in the capital Ankara in a joint operation conducted by anti-terrorism police and the national intelligence agency, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported.
In the country's biggest city of Istanbul, 24 suspects were detained by officials, including four foreign nationals.
Dawn raids were also conducted in the cities of Adana, Kayseri, Samsun and Bursa, while an operation in Batman led to the seizures of weapons and ammunition, along with 22 people taken into custody, according to Anadolu.
Authorities have conducted raids of suspected terrorists in the month of December over the past couple of years, following the 2017 attack at an upscale nightclub in the early hours of New Year's Day, according to Sky News.