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Turkey arrests 61 IS suspects in anti-terrorism operation

IANS | Ankara |

The Turkish police arrested 61 terror suspects linked with the Islamic State in eastern Erzurum and northwestern Bursa provinces on Sunday, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

A total of 22 suspects, including senior IS members, were arrested in Erzurum province, and several weapons were also seized in the operation, Xinhua reported.

The security operation was carried out by the Erzurum Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office as part of probes against the terrorist group.

Another 39 suspects were taken into custody during police’s counter-terrorism operations in Bursa province.

The suspects included two Azerbaijanis and 28 Syrians, according to the police officials.

On Saturday, police arrested four IS suspects, including two women who were allegedly planning a terror attack in Istanbul.

A bomb squad later carried out two controlled explosions of devices found in the suspects’ car.