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A street vendor sells traditional Turkish bagels, simit, outside the historical Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

 

Turkey Detains 400 Islamic State Group Suspects in Mass Roundup.

The largest operation targeting Islamic State group suspects in the country comes weeks after an attack on an Istanbul New Year’s party killed 39 people.

Turkish police detained on Sunday some 400 suspected members of Islamic State group in anti-terror raids in six provinces, state media said, the biggest roundup to target the organization 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 at New Year when an Islamic State group member opened fire inside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul.

In the latest police operations, 30 alleged Islamic State group militants 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 jihadist group.

 

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