Turkey Police Kill 5 Islamic State Suspects, Detain Over 200

  • Four police officers slightly wounded in clash with IS
  • Guns and ammunition seized in series of nationwide raids

Turkish police killed five alleged Islamic State suspects in a raid on a house and detained more than 200 others across a nation which has been drawn into the war with the extremists in neighboring Syria.

Police seized AK-47 rifles as well as explosives and ammunition after the shootout in the central city of Konya on Wednesday. Four police officers were slightly wounded. Security along routes used by military personnel in the area was tightened after the incident.

In a related crackdown across Turkey, police detained 233 alleged Islamic State suspects in 29 provinces, the police headquarters said in a statement on its website.

Turkey has been fighting Islamic State as part of the international coalition, and sent Turkish soldiers into Syria to drive the group out of the northern town of al-Bab last year. Hundreds of people have been killed in bomb attacks across Turkey that were claimed by Islamic State.

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