Eighteen people, 16 of them foreign nationals, were arrested in Istanbul, Turkey for having suspected links to the Daesh/ISIS terror group, security sources said Wednesday.

Police units launched simultaneous raids on 15 addresses in 10 districts to nab the suspects, who allegedly operated in the terror group in Iraq and Syria and tried to enter Turkey illegally.

They also seized digital materials belonging to the terrorist group in the operation.

In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh/ISIS a terrorist group.

The country has since been attacked by the terror group multiple times, with over 300 people killed and hundreds more injured in at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks and four armed assaults.

In response, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.

-Writing by Merve Berker

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