Anadolu Agency

Turkey repatriated five foreign militants to Germany on Dec. 3, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the German nationals were sent back to their countries of origin as part of Turkey’s ramped-up efforts to repatriate foreign militants.

“Extradition of foreign terrorist fighters to their countries continues,” the statement added.

The statement did not specify which group the fighters belonged to, but in recent months the ministry has been stressing the return of ISIS militants.

Turkey has repeatedly called on European countries to take back their citizens fighting for the jihadists.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said last month that Ankara would begin to send back ISIS militants to their home countries on Nov. 11 even if their citizenships have been revoked.

Soylu also said about 1,200 foreign ISIS fighters were in Turkish prisons and 287 members, including women and children, were captured during Turkey’s military offensive into northeast Syria.