Turkey arrests 10 Islamic State recruiters in Ankara

News Desk

A state-owned Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency, has reported the arrest of 10 suspected recruiters for the Islamic State group in Ankara.

The agency said anti-terror squads carried out early morning operations Monday in the Turkish capital targeting suspected recruiters with links to IS forces.

Turkish authorities have blamed IS for the January 12 suicide bombing in a historic district of Istanbul which killed 10 tourists.

The extremist group is also believed to be behind the twin suicide bombings that killed 103 demonstrators in Ankara in October.

Turkey has been cracking down on suspected IS cells in the country and is stepping up efforts to seal its porous border with Syria. It also allows anti-IS coalition aircraft to use its bases for bombing IS targets.