Turkey detains 12 Islamic State suspects, seeks 8 others

Turkey detains 12 Islamic State suspects, seeks 8 others
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Ankara: Police on Monday detained 12 suspected Islamic State militants in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and were searching for eight others, state media reported, as the US Embassy was closed due to an unspecified security threat.
The Ankara chief prosecutor’s office said in a statement that all of the suspects captured in the police operation were foreign nationals. They were allegedly trying to recruit members for the extremist group and were in contact with people in “conflict zones,” the statement said, without providing further details.
The US Embassy said on its web page late on Sunday that the mission would be closed due to a security threat and urged US citizens to avoid the embassy as well as large crowds.
It also advised citizens to “keep a low profile,” adding that it would announce its reopening once it resumes services.
It was not clear if the embassy’s closure was related to Monday’s police operation. But the Ankara governor’s office said authorities had “reviewed” security in the capital and had taken additional measures, following intelligence provided by US “sources” about possible attacks against the embassy or where Americans are staying.