Turkish police have detained more than 20 ISIS suspects, including a Syrian man believed to be organizing an attack in Istanbul, a local newspaper reported Saturday.
Police arrested the man, identified as Ali al-Aggal and codenamed Azzov, believed to be ISIS’ organizer of Turkey attacks, in an operation in the Turkish capital Ankara, Haber-Turk newspaper reported.
In a separate raid, police held 24 other ISIS suspects from Iraq and Syria in the Kucukcekmece district of Istanbul, the newspaper said.
It said nine of the suspects were suspected of having direct contacts with al-Aggal and were awaiting explosives and ammunition from him in order to carry out an attack in Istanbul.
The remaining 15 suspects were planning to cross the Turkish border into conflict zones, the newspaper said.