Turkey arrests 22 crossing into Syria, suspected of joining Daesh
Police arrested 22 suspected Daesh supporters in southern Turkey on Friday, including seven foreign nationals, local officials said.
The suspects were rounded up in a raid on an address in Gaziantep province, which borders Syria, after police received a tip-off that a number of foreigners were waiting there to be transported across the frontier, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement. Police also seized $19,950 in cash.
The arrests were the latest in a series of anti-terror operations launched across Turkey in the wake of the July 20 bombing in Suruc that killed 34 people including the suicide bomber. More than 1,700 suspects have been arrested.
The raids have primarily targeted activists linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Daesh and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party–Front — all listed as terrorist organizations by Turkey and its allies.
On Friday, other raids saw at least 44 suspects arrested in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir provinces, among other locations.