Turkish police detain 16 IS suspects in Istanbul

Turkish police detained 16 suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul, local media reported on Monday.

Simultaneous operations were carried out at 10 addresses to capture the suspects over their alleged involvement in funding the IS, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.

The nationalities of those targeted in operations were not immediately clear.

On Sunday, a senior member of the IS, believed to be the right-hand man of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in 2019 in Syria, was also caught in Istanbul.

The IS has conducted a spate of deadly attacks in Turkey since 2015. The country’s anti-terror teams in response have intensified their raids against the group.