World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish police have detained seven suspected ISIL members in an operation in the Turkish provinces of Izmir, Isparta and Erzurum, police sources said Wednesday.
The Anti-Terrorism Branch of Izmir Police Department said that investigations into the suspects began after it received information that some alleged ISIL members, who took part in the fight across the border in Syria, had returned to Turkey.
Once the locations of the suspects were confirmed, an operation was launched simultaneously at 22 separate places in the western province of Izmir and southern province of Isparta, and in the eastern province of Erzurum, the police department added.
Police found two guns, a ISIL flag and many organizational documents during the searches conducted in Izmir’s Buca and Menemen districts.
The seven alleged ISIL members were handed over to the anti-terrorism branches in the respective provinces, police said.
Turkey shares an 800-kilometer long border with Syria, where thousands of foreign fighters have joined militant groups such as ISIL. Turkey continues to closely cooperate with other countries to stop the flow of the fighters to Syria.