Teams from the anti-terror branch of the Istanbul Police Department have detained two ISIS terrorists during an operation in Istanbul’s Kağıthane district.
According to police sources, the two terrorists C.C. and I.D., who hold Uzbekistani citizenship, “were readying for a sensational attack like the one” at the Reina night club that killed 39 people, mainly foreigners, including an Israeli citizen during New Year festivities, and was claimed by ISIS jihadists.
During searches in the ISIS cell house, police teams seized two Kalashnikov rifles with two full chargers with 500 bullets, and numerous digital and written documents containing information about the terrorist group.
The detained terrorists were brought to the Istanbul Police Department’s anti-terror bureau for further procedures.
Following the attack on Reina, Turkey launched nationwide operations that have netted hundreds of suspects. Turkey has also killed a large number of terrorists in Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria where the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is being supported by the Turkish military in its fight to retake towns captured by the terrorist group.
Turkey also thwarted several ISIS attacks in recent months. Last year, thirty-five ISIS terrorists were captured and accused of plotting to attack the Parliament, a Shiite mosque and a branch office of the ruling Justice and Development Party