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Ankara-Turkish security forces carried out an expanded campaign in a number of provinces targeting ISIS members in the country.

The forces arrested a mass number of ISIS affiliates, including foreigners.

Turkish security forces arrested 15 suspected members of the terrorist group in Sivas city, central Turkey, and Duzce, northwestern Turkey.

Security sources said that anti-terrorism forces along with the Special Forces carried out raids in Sivas, including 10 places together after receiving information pointing out that ISIS elements in the country are scheming to carry out terrorist operations.

Security forces arrested 10 people, including two women, in these raids, and confiscated many documents and books that promote extremist ideas, sources said.

In Duzce, anti-terrorism forces raided a house and arrested five people, including three foreigners, who are suspected of belonging to the terrorist organizations.

Moreover, Turkish security forces arrested 19 people who are also suspected of belonging to ISIS in Izmir and Adana during a simultaneous campaign.

In Izmir, security forces raided three places at a time and arrested five ISIS-affiliated suspects.

Security sources confirmed that the five arrested were proven to be fighting in Iraq and Syria’s conflict zones.

Meanwhile, security sources said that 29 people, including the secretary of the city’s municipality, were arrested following intelligence information stating that they blackmailed workers in the municipality’s building in order to raise funds for one of the terrorist organizations.

On the other hand, three people were injured by rocket-propelled grenades targeting the Mayor’s building in Mardin, southeastern Turkey.

Security authorities put up a cordon around the site and launched a combing operation in the city to arrest the perpetrators.

The Turkish army announced in a statement on Thursday that 19 people of Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) elements during week-long security operations carried out with the support of drones southeast the country.