ANKARA, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police detained seven suspected foreign members of the Islamic State (IS) in the southern province of Adana, the local Demiroren News Agency reported on Friday.
The police found out that the suspects, who were involved in IS activities in Syria and Iraq, entered Türkiye illegally and then lived in Adana, according to the report.
The Turkish government designated the IS a terrorist organization in 2013, blaming it for a spate of deadly attacks in the country since 2015.
Türkiye's southern border with Syria has been a major crossing point for Syrians and foreign fighters since a civil war broke out in Syria in 2011.
In 2016, Türkiye launched its first cross-border operation in northern Syria, dubbed Operation Euphrates Shield, to eliminate the IS militants around the Jarablus and Azaz region. ■