Police have detained ISIS suspects who were allegedly planning attacks following jihadist group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.
Eight people were detained in operations carried out in Istanbul and the northern province of Mersin on Oct. 29.
Police detained three people in Istanbul, who are identified only as H.U., B.Ç. and R.K., upon determining that they were planning “sensational attacks.”
According to Istanbul police, the suspects contacted people who would provide logistical support to them to carry out attacks during Republic Day celebrations on Oct. 29.
Police then started technical and physical tracking of the suspects, before finding out that they parked a car that was stolen last week and that had a fake license plate near Istanbul Governor’s Office.
An operation was carried out in five addresses and three people were detained as a result.
Two weapons, plenty of bullets, ISIS-related documents and digital materials were seized in the operations.
According to the police, one of the suspects has a criminal record related to ISIS membership and was jailed for a long period, while the sibling of another suspect died in a conflict zone in Syria.
In the operations carried out in Mersin, meanwhile, five suspects were detained in separate addresses.
Those detained are suspected of planning attacks for Baghdadi.