Turkish authorities announced on September 1 that they had arrested Mahmut Ozden, ISIS’ so-called “Emir” in the country.
In a televised speech, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said an ISIS terrorist, who was captured last month, had led security forces to other suspects, including Ozden.
“The [evidence] seized in Mahmut Ozden’s computer has indicated that he had been receiving orders from Iraq and Syria and he would take action by creating groups of 10-12 individuals,” Soylu said, according to the Middle East Eye, adding: “[Police] also seized plans to kidnap politicians and statesmen to take them to Syria and for acts against groups that could harm the Turkish economy.”
The terrorist, who is known as “Adana Emir,” was reportedly arrested in a southern Turkish city. He and other suspects are currently being questioned by Turkish authorities.
A day after the arrest of Ozden, security forces apprehended another terrorist in an operation in the district of Talas in the central Turkish province of Kayseri, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Turkey presents itself as a partner in the war on ISIS, which was behind many terrorist attacks in the country. However, many reports say otherwise. A new report accused Ankara of cooperating with ISIS cells in northeastern Syria against Kurdish forces.