Turkey detains 20 Daesh suspects: police

Turkey detains 20 Daesh suspects: police
Turkish police walk in front of the Metropolitan Municipality headquarters in Diyarbakir, Turkey, August 19, 2019. (Reuters)
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Updated 26 December 2019

Turkey detains 20 Daesh suspects: police

Turkey detains 20 Daesh suspects: police
  • Police carried out simultaneous raids Tuesday and Wednesday at 48 addresses in Istanbul

ISTANBUL: Turkey has detained almost two dozen suspected Daesh militants in Istanbul as it extends a crackdown on the group ahead of the New Year, police sources said Thursday.
Police carried out simultaneous raids Tuesday and Wednesday at 48 addresses in the country’s biggest city, the sources said, taking 20 Daesh suspects into custody.
Their nationalities were not revealed.
In 2017, a New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed around 39 people was claimed by the Daesh group.
Since October, Turkey has boosted efforts to repatriate Daesh militants to their countries of origin, after launching a military offensive in northern Syria.
Ankara has criticized Western countries for refusing to take back citizens who left to join Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and repeatedly urges them to take responsibility for the militants.


Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
Updated 16 January 2021

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
  • Two policemen were killed and one wounded
  • The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.
The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.
Two policemen were killed and one wounded, Faramarz said.
Violence has surged across the country in recent months, especially in Kabul which is also rocked by a new trend of targeted killings that has sown fear in the city.
The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country.
The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks.