Turkey Says 20 Foreign Nationals Suspected of Links to ISIS Detained

State-run news agency says suspects detained in Ankara ■ No information on suspects' nationalities

Turkish police officers stand guard during the funeral ceremony of a baby killed during an attack from Syria, on October 11, 2019.
REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained 20 foreign nationals suspected of links to ISIS.

Anadolu Agency said Monday the suspects were detained in the capital Ankara by anti-terrorism police. There was no immediate information on their nationalities.

The sweep came a day after the United States announced that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria.

Turkey was also hit by a wave of attacks in 2015 and 2016 blamed on ISIS and Kurdish militants that killed around 300 people.

In the last major attack, 39 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations in the early hours of 2017. The attack was claimed by ISIS.