Turkey’s crackdown on terrorists continues as two ISIS terrorists were arrested after an intense 10-day police operation. The two entered the country using fake identification and were planning to continue to European countries in order to carry out a serious terror attack.
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After a 10-day police operation, a Danish citizen of Lebanese origin and a Swedish citizen of Iraqi origin were arrested by Turkish authorities on suspicion of planning an ISIS terror attack. 45-year-old Mahamad Laban and 38-year-old Mohammed Tefik Saleh entered Turkey using fake identification after receiving training in Syria.
It is believed that the terrorists were planning to continue from Turkey to Europe. According to the Turkish news agency Anadolu, Saleh’s wife informed the Swedish authorities that her husband had joined ISIS in Syria along with their daughters. Saleh’s wife had originally traveled to Syria along with her husband and daughters but eventually regretted the decision and went back to Sweden.
According to the Anadolu Agency, the ISIS terrorists told police investigators that they traveled to Syria in order to provide humanitarian aid. However, the police investigation revealed that they had gone through intensive ISIS training over the past three months.
Turkey has been dealing with an intense wave of ISIS terror attacks over the past year. The most recent ISIS terror attack in the country occurred on New Year’s Eve in Istanbul. 39 people, including one Israeli girl, were murdered in this attack.