Turkey detained over 5,000 Daesh terrorist suspects, Interior Minister says

Published 31.08.2016 11:48
Updated 31.08.2016 20:23
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Turkey has prevented the entry of over 52,075 people from entering the country and detained thousands of Daesh suspects, since the start of 2016, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Wednesday.

He highlighted that Turkey has detained a total of 5,803 people, half of which were foreigners.

Turkey strengthened security measures throughout the country following a deadly shooting and triple suicide bombing attacks on Istanbul's Atatürk Airport on June 28 and persistent rocket attacks from across the border in Syria.

Since 2011, Turkey has deported more than 3,290 foreign terrorist fighters from 95 countries and refused more than 38,269 individuals' entry to Turkey in its fight against Daesh, which counts the Muslim-majority country as an enemy. Daesh is responsible for a string of terror attacks in Ankara and Istanbul, as well as cross-border fire from Syria that has killed a number of residents in Turkish border towns over the last year.

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