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Turkey detains Islamic State suspects in Istanbul raids

Turkish police have detained 29 suspected Islamic State militants in raids in Istanbul, the country's state-run news agency reported.

Anadolu Agency said 22 of the suspects are foreign nationals but did not provide details on their nationalities. Seven are Turkish.

The suspects were detained in a police swoop targeting 20 addresses around Istanbul, the agency reported. Police seized IS documents, digital material and one firearm during the raids.

The suspects are believed to have fought with IS in Syria and were said to be making plans to return to the conflict-torn country.

Turkey has been hit by a series of deadly attacks carried out by IS or Kurdish militants and has stepped up anti-terrorism operations across the country.

About 750 people with alleged IS links were detained in a major police sweep earlier this year.

IS claimed responsibility for a new year mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people.

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