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Forensic experts work outside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast, June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Ankara – Turkish security forces arrested 20 ISIS suspects during two separate raids in Konya and Adana on Tuesday.

Counter-terror forces arrested 14 people in a security operation against ISIS in Konya, according to security sources.

Konya has witnessed a number of anti-terror campaigns targeting ISIS militants after a terrorist attack that was carried out by Uzbek national Abdulkadir Masharipov on Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve that led to the death of 39 people and injured dozens.

During these raids, security forces have arrested dozens of those related to the perpetrator of the terrorist attack and most of them were from Central Asia.

Moreover, Turkish security forces arrested 6 suspects during a security operation against ISIS in Adana while 10 others are still on the run.

Security sources said that Turkish anti-terrorism police raided number of addresses in Adana city center that were specified earlier in the framework of efforts exerted to combat ISIS.

Turkish Security forces have launched a series of security operations targeting ISIS during the past few months and arrested hundreds of foreign ISIS militants.

Among those arrested were some Iraqi, Lebanese and Syrian nationals in Adana, who intended to sneak to Europe and carry out terrorist attacks there.

ISIS terrorist organization has already claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist assaults that have resulted in many casualties in Turkey throughout 2016 and earlier this year.

In a common matter, the Consulate General of Russia in Istanbul asked the Turkish authorities for information on deportation of Akbarjon Jalilova, who carried out the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg metro last week.