ISTANBUL, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police on Thursday detained at least six Iraqi nationals over their suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group in the northwestern province of Duzce, local media reported.
In line with an investigation conducted by the Public Prosecutor's Office in Duzce, police teams launched simultaneous operations in the early hours of the day to capture the suspects, according to the state-run Anadolu agency.
It said the suspects were alleged bomb experts and senior members of the IS.
Turkey has recently intensified operations against the IS members across the country and captured nearly 40 people since the beginning of September.
On Wednesday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Turkey so far prevented a total of 152 "terrorist attacks" this year thanks to the hard works of security forces.
The IS was blamed for a spate of deadly attacks in Turkey since 2015, killing more than 300 people.