According to the Turkish state news agency Anatolia, Turkish security forces have arrested around 20 suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group who had planned attacks in the Eurasian country on Thursday.
Security sources cited in this way highlight that at least 18 people were arrested as part of a series of raids in Istanbul against people allegedly currently planning attacks on unspecified targets.
As part of the ongoing operations, security forces confiscated documents from the jihadist group and digital materials. At the moment, the identities of the suspects or the positions they might occupy within the Islamic State are unknown.
The Turkish authorities announced in September the arrest of the alleged leader of the Islamic State, identified as Mahmut Ozden. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Ozden was arrested during an operation in Adana Province (south).
The Islamic State, which Turkey declared a terrorist group in 2013, has carried out several attacks on Turkish soil in recent years, killing at least 300 people and injuring hundreds more.