A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of four people on suspicion of membership in the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Kısa Dalga news website reported on Saturday.
The suspects were detained during police raids in Turkey’s central Yozgat province as well as the southern provinces of Mersin and Adana. Authorities were acting on intelligence that five individuals allegedly involved in ISIL’s armed activities had entered Turkey illegally.
Turkish police and gendarmes carried out the operations, detaining four suspects while launching another operation to apprehend a fifth individual. The four detainees appeared in court after initial processing by law enforcement and were subsequently arrested.
Turkey declared ISIL a terrorist organization in 2013 and has been attacked by the jihadist group multiple times since then. A total of 315 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb blasts and four armed attacks carried out by ISIL in the country.