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Senior Islamic State figure in custody after Turkish raid

Turkish police detained a top Islamic State figure during a raid in the nation’s southern province of Adana as counterterrorism operations continue against the organization’s networks.

ISTANBUL — A senior Islamic State figure was detained Monday during a police raid in Turkey’s southern province of Adana Monday, according to a statement by Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Soylu identified the suspect as Mahmut Ozden and alleged he had received orders to carry out an attack in Turkey.

“Daesh’s so-called emir of Turkey was captured and remanded in custody with important plans,” Soylu tweeted Monday, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

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