Turkish Police Killed 5 in Raid on Islamic State Cell

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The provincial governor officer said that On Wednesday, the Turkish police killed five Islamic State militants in a raid on a house in the central city of Konya  and four police were slightly wounded.

The private news agency Dogan said, Today, at  around 5:15 a m, in the Meram district, The Special police forces  launched the operation at the house because they believed that the militant cell was planning an attack.

The agency said that there were impression that some of them may have been planning to target events that was being held to honour the first anniversary of an attempted military coup  this week on July 15 in Turkey.

The Konya governor’s office statement said, As part of security measures, an operation was launched to protect buildings that was used by military vehicles and the raid was launched in search of a the wanted Islamic State militant.

It added, after  the restriction  in the house the police and five Kalashnikov rifles, a pistol and ammunition were seized during the raid, a major gunfight broke out. Work was continuing to identify those killed.

The Police sealed off the area and on all the approaching vehicles a search operation was conducted by the police on 10 different addresses in Konya, after the clash which occurred during raids, the Dogan said.

In the past, The islamic State militants group  have  carried out gun and bomb attacks in Turkey and in recent years, many foreign fighters have also passed through Turkey  on their way to join the jihadist group in their self proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria .

According to Turkish officials, The Ankara has detained more than 5000 Islamic State suspects and in recent years it deported at least 3290 foreign militants from 95 different countries.

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