ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police detained 75 suspected Islamic State members in two operations on Friday, state media and police said, after arresting about 120 such suspects across Turkey a day earlier, tightening security ahead of the New Year.
Some 500 police officers took part in simultaneous raids across Ankara, and many of those detained were foreign nationals, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
It said prosecutors in the Turkish capital issued arrest warrants for 46 people and had so far detained 29 of them. Materials seized in the raids indicated some of the suspects had made preparations for an attack over New Year, it added.
Separately, police raided 25 different addresses in Istanbul on Friday and detained 46 suspected members of Islamic State, 43 of whom were foreigners, a police statement said. The suspects were involved in smuggling and theft for the group, it said.