Turkey detains four leading Daesh militants

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  • Turkish counter-terror police caught the group’s so-called ‘emir’ responsible for the eastern Syrian region and three high-ranking members in a raid in western Turkey.
  • The emir, identified as K.E.H, was caught after trying to hide among refugees trying to flee to Europe.

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained four key members of the Daesh militants group, including an official in charge of Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Friday.

Acting on a tip-off, counter-terror police caught the group’s so-called ‘emir’ responsible for the eastern Syrian region and three high-ranking members in a raid in western Turkey backed up by the spy agency, Anadolu reported.

The emir, identified as K.E.H, was caught after trying to hide among refugees trying to flee to Europe, the agency said. He is said to be one of the closest aides of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Turkey has cracked down on the extremist group blamed for a series of attacks on its soil including one at an elite Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations in 2017, which claimed 39 lives.

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