Eight militants of the Islamic State (IS), trying to enter into Turkey illegally from Syria, have been detained, the Turkish General Staff announced on Dec. 5.
“In Elbeyli [district] of Kilis [province], eight members of the Deash [IS] terrorist organization (including three children) have been detained with their weapons and equipment (one AK-47 Kalashnikov rifle, 11 Kalashnikov rifle rounds, four grenades, 2,100 Syrian Liras, one laptop, two cellular phones) while trying to illegally cross the border” the statement by the military read.
Turkey has stepped up counter-terrorism activities against IS after militants from the group were implicated in both the deadly Suruç bombing in July and the twin Ankara suicide blasts in October.
More than 2,500 IS members have been captured across the country over the past three years, with 837 of them from non-Turkish origin, according to the security forces' data.
Having added IS to the official list of terrorist organizations in 2013, Turkish security forces have since detained 2,627 suspected IS members in anti-terror operations.
Some 632 among the 2,627 detained individuals were subsequently arrested and 120 tons of bomb-making material was seized. More than 100 of the arrested suspects were foreign nationals.