Turkish police detain 61 Daesh-linked suspects

Turkish police detain 61 Daesh-linked suspects

At least 61 Daesh-linked terror suspects have been detained in Turkey's eastern Erzurum and northwestern Bursa provinces Sunday, security officials said. The latest detentions bring the total number of terror suspects held by Turkish police over the weekend to 134, Daily Sabah reports.

In Erzurum, 22 suspects, including senior members of Daesh were arrested as part of the investigation against the terrorist group carried out by Erzurum Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, an official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media, told Anadolu Agency.

Counter-terror squads carried out operations against the Daesh-linked suspects in the central, Yakutiye, Palandöken and Aziziye districts, the official said. Additionally, the police seized several weapons including two unlicensed guns, two unlicensed hunting rifles, digital data and organizational documents, the official added.

According to another security official, 39 suspects were arrested during operations carried out by the police's counter-terrorism branch in Osmangazi, Yıldırım, Nilüfer, Gemlik, Inegöl, Orhangazi and Gürsu districts of Bursa. The official said that the suspects included two Azerbaijani and 28 Syrian nationals, while eight of them are underage.