Two suspected ISIS members arrested after taking photos of police stations
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULAug 04, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Aug 04, 2015 12:00 am
After taking a major blow as a result of recent police operations carried out in the country, the ISIS initiated exploratory works by taking photographs in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa with the aim of attacking National Intelligence Organization (MİT) buildings and police stations, resulting in the arrest of two Syrians on Wednesday, suspected to be ISIS members. The suspects are seen as ISIS militants in some photos.
Two police officers on duty in front of Yenişehir police station noticed two people taking photographs, which drew their attention for the reason that they were acting in a bizarre manner. Having approached the men, the police officers found that suspects were Syrian and have been taking photos of the neighborhood. Following a court verdict, the suspects' cellphones were examined, revealing that the suspects had been taking photos of Yenişehir Police Station, the residential police complex and the MİT building in the city. Other photos in the cellphone further affirmed that the two Syrians have been in ISIS and al-Nusra Front.
In the wake of the attack that took place in the Suruç district of Şanlıurfa, leaving 32 Turkish citizens dead and many more wounded, Ankara launched operations against ISIS not only in the country, detaining numerous suspected ISIS members, but also abroad by way of airstrikes, pounding ISIS targets.
Having caused a loss on the ISIS side, Ankara showed its determination to not let up the fight against terrorist organizations posing a threat to the national security of the country. At the most recent National Security Council (MGK) meeting held on June 29, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu declared that additional security measures were discussed and they will work toward their implementation.
Carrying out simultaneous operations earlier last month across the country, the police units have arrested dozens of people linked to ISIS.
Ankara has also put up a fight against foreigners who want to join ISIS coming from all over the world. Sources at the Prime Ministry released statistical data regarding the fight against ISIS.