Senior Islamic State militant detained in Turkey, says state-owned news agency

Turkish police stand guard in Istanbul, Turkey on 1 January 2017. (Getty Images)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Turkish police on Thursday detained a senior Islamic State militant in Istanbul who used to be the “top executive” of the terrorist group, the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

Anadolu cited the Turkish police as saying that senior Islamic State figure Bashar Hattab Ghazal Al Sumaidai who was originally from Iraq detained in Turkey.

The terrorist code-named Abu Zeyd was detained in an operation carried out by police and Turkey’s intelligence agency, Anadolu said.

Zeyd was the leader of a tribe and was determined to be a so-called judge, trainer, and ministry of justice in the terrorist organization, according to Anadolu.

The militant was transferred to judicial authorities in Turkey after interrogation by police and intelligence personnel, Anadolu news quoted President of Turkey, Recap Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

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