Turkey Detains Some 400 IS Suspects in Biggest Roundup

ANKARA (Reuters) -
People wave Turkish flags during a gathering in front of the venue that was attacked by Istanbul, Jan. 3. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkish police on Sunday detained some 400 suspected members of the Islamic State terror group in anti-terror raids in six provinces, state media said, the biggest roundup to target the organisation in Turkey.

Those held were mainly foreign nationals, Anadolu news agency said. At least 60 suspects were detained in the capital Ankara, while 150 were arrested in Sanliurfa province near the Syrian border.

Thirty-nine people, mainly foreigners, were killed on Jan. 1 when an Islamic State member opened fire inside a popular Istanbul venue.

In the latest police operations, 30 alleged Islamic State terrorists were detained in simultaneous counter-terror operations in Konya province, and 10 others were held in Adiyaman province.

Police also detained 18 suspects in Kocaeli and Istanbul, 47 in Gaziantep and 46 others in Bursa province.

In addition to the latest arrests, Turkey says at least 780 people, including 350 foreigners, remain in detention – some of whom have been convicted – over suspected links to the terror group.