Turkey arrests 189 Islamic State suspects who were planning to attack synagogues

Turkish police arrested 189 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State militant group in wide raids across 37 cities and provinces.

Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya made the announcement in a social media post. He stressed that Turkish police do not “tolerate any terrorists.”

A day earlier, Turkey said it thwarted Islamic State plans to attack churches and synagogues.

Raided cities included the capital, Ankara, as well as Istanbul, Antalya, Bursa, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Izmir and Konya.

Yerlikaya shared images of alleged IS members being handcuffed in their apartments during the night raids.

The raids come after Turkish officials announced the arrest of 32 suspected Islamic State members. Police said they were allegedly involved in plotting an attack on the Iraqi embassy.


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