January 3rd According to a report by Dems News Agency Istanbul on January 2, the Turkish state news agency Anadolu News Agency reported on Saturday local time that the Turkish authorities arrested 267 suspects associated with terrorist organizations, 161 of whom were foreign citizens.
The report said that the police believed that these religious extremists were planning an attack on New Year’s Eve, but the report did not elaborate.
The Anadolu News Agency quoted a statement from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior that the suspects were arrested in 33 cities and provinces between 20 and 31 December 2020.
According to the report, the nationality of the arrested foreign citizen has not been announced.
The report also said that the Turkish immigration department arrested 69 foreign citizens who were “connected with the conflict zone”.
The report pointed out that during the arrest of the 69 people, the police seized pistols, explosives and digital documents related to terrorist organizations.
The report did not mention specific terrorist organizations.
The report also pointed out that Turkey often arrests people associated with the extremist organization Islamic State, especially after the organization created an attack in Istanbul in the early morning of New Year’s Day in 2017, which killed 39 people.