Turkish police make arrests in Istanbul anti-ISIS raids

Turkish police launched a series of raids in Istanbul early on Wednesday and arrested a number of people accused of being members of Islamic State (ISIS), opposition daily Cumhuriyet reported.

Police also seized documents and a money-counting machine, the newspaper said, but said the number of people detained was not known. 

The operation was launched after the ISIS media network issued an audio message on Monday it said had been recorded by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ISIS supporters across the world, including in Turkey, responded by sharing messages online addressed to Baghdadi. 

Authorities in the central Anatolian province of Konya said on Wednesday that one person who shared an online message had been detained. 

The detained man posted a photo of a written note reading “A gift to the Khalifa Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. May Allah protect him. Turkey’s Konya province with God’s will be an al Furqan institution soon.”

Sūrat al-Furqan is the 25th sura of the Quran. The name al Furqan, or "the criterion" refers to the Quran itself as the decisive factor between good and evil. The ISIS media network is called Al Furqan.