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Istanbul church shooting: Turkish authorities detain 48 in connection with Islamic State

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Turkish authorities have detained 48 people suspected of having ties to Islamic State in connection with a shooting at an Istanbul church in January.

Ali Yerlikaya © X

In a significant development following the tragic shooting at an Istanbul church in January, Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced on Saturday that 48 individuals have been detained on suspicion of having ties to the Islamic State.

The incident in question occurred at the Italian Santa Maria Catholic Church in Istanbul, where two gunmen affiliated with the Islamic State carried out an attack, resulting in the death of one Turkish citizen. This act of violence has not only shocked the local community but also raised concerns about the presence and activities of terrorist groups within the country.

The Turkish authorities' swift response to the incident involves a thorough investigation and the detention of dozens suspected of connections with the Islamic State, indicating the seriousness with which Turkey is addressing the threat of terrorism.

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya did not specify the exact charges against the detainees but emphasized the ongoing efforts to dismantle terror networks and prevent future attacks.

This incident has prompted a broader discussion about security and counterterrorism measures in Turkey, a country that has experienced its share of violence linked to various extremist groups over the years.

The government has been actively working to strengthen its counterterrorism capabilities, including enhancing intelligence sharing, increasing security at places of worship and other sensitive locations, and cracking down on terrorist recruitment and propaganda.

By Andres Lefgloi



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