Turkish police rounded up dozens of IS suspects in nationwide raids

Turkish police officers secure the road leading to the Russian embassy in Ankara on December 21, 2016, two days after Russian ambassador to Turkey was gunned down by a Turkish policeman. The Kremlin said on December 21 it was too early to conclude who was behind the murder of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara, after Turkey's foreign minister put the blame on exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
Vastavam web: Turkish police today rounded up dozens of Islamic State suspects including Syrian nationals in a security sweep on the country’s national day holiday, local media reported.Twenty-two suspects were arrested in the eastern province of Erzurum including alleged senior members of the jihadist group, and 39 suspects in the northwestern Bursa province, the official Anadolu news agency reported, citing security sources.The operation comes a day after police arrested 49 alleged IS members in Ankara — some of whom were suspected of planning an attack on Republic Day on Sunday.
Turkey has been hit by a series of attacks blamed on IS jihadists over the past two years, including a New Year attack this year on an elite Istanbul nightclub during which 39 people were killed by an IS gunman.