Information emanating from the Turkish provincial governor’s office said on Monday that eight suspected members suspected to be ISIS militants crossing from Syria into the south eastern Turkish province of Gaziantep have been arrested.
The move is coming after a joint meeting involving Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, European Council President Donald Tusk and German Chancellor Angela Merkel staged in Gaziantep where a promise was made to stop further acts of terrorism across Europe.
Turkey has been on heightened alert after four suicide bombings this year in Istanbul and Ankara, two of which have been blamed on Islamic State.
In a related development, a couple in Spain were arrested two weeks ago over links with ISIS.
The pair, a Moroccan man and a Spanish woman were both arrested in Algeciras, a Spanish port based in the southern part of the country.
According to Spanish Interior Ministry, the couple were arrested while trying to leave for Morocco with their young son.
A statement from the ministry revealed that the couple supported and recruited Islamic State fighters, including individuals that had carried out suicide bomb attacks in Syria.
The statement further revealed that the man’s brother had recently died in a suicide bomb attack and that was why the couple were traveling to Morocco in a hurry, the ministry said without giving further details.
Spanish authorities are searching the couple’s house in Granada and the investigation remains open while their son has been put in care, it revealed.
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