Turkey: Over 260 held in New Year's terror sweep

Operations carried out in 33 provinces starting Dec. 20 to prevent New Year's Eve attacks, says Interior Ministry

Jeyhun Aliyev  | 02.01.2021 - Update : 02.01.2021
Turkey: Over 260 held in New Year's terror sweep


Over 260 suspects were detained across Turkey in a crackdown to avert possible terror attacks on New Year’s Eve, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

A statement said 267 individuals suspected of “supporting terrorist organizations abusing religion” were held in operations in 33 provinces between Dec. 20 and Dec. 31.

The suspects include 106 Turkish citizens and 161 foreign nationals, according to the ministry.

Of the foreign nationals, 69 were handed over to provincial immigration authorities for “necessary administrative procedures against foreign terrorists determined to be linked to conflict zones,” read the statement.

Three rifles, three pistols, 776 cartridges, about two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of ammonium nitrate, and a large number of digital materials and documents were seized in the operations.

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