Turkey says detained 5 suspected Islamic State members this week

By REUTERS
February 5, 2015 17:03

ANKARA - Turkish authorities have detained a man alleged to be a member of Islamic State in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, the army said on Thursday, bringing the number of suspected militants seized this week to five.

The announcement comes after months of criticism from Ankara's Western partners over its perceived reluctance to crack down on Islamist fighters using the country to travel into neighboring Syria.

"Security forces caught a Daesh member (on Wednesday) in Gaziantep. A judicial process has been started," the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on its website, employing an acronym for Islamic State widely used in the region.


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