So-called ISIL ‘education centers’ dismantled in Ankara


Police raided some houses that ISIL terrorists had turned into so-called “Sharia education centers” in the capital Ankara in simultaneous operations and arrested some 17 terrorists.


During the operations, the provincial counter-terrorism team seized stacks of digital documents and banned posts with propaganda content.

Some of the 17 detained suspects traveled to conflict areas and engaged in armed clashes on behalf of the terrorist organization.

Various rooms in the apartments where the ISIL member resided were used as so-called classrooms for carrying out illegal educational activities.

These terrorists subjected children to radical Sharia education with ISIL ideology to induce them to use it in terrorist acts. Agents from the Department of National Education sealed off these so-called classrooms.

Work has also begun to register children illegally sent to school by ISIL.

In addition to these education centers, the terrorists also established so-called courts where the so-called judges of the terrorist organization issued punishments.


Police also discovered that detained suspects collected money to send to ISIL members in conflict areas and manipulated people into joining the terrorist organization.

One of the locations raided during the operation was an auto repair shop, where the suspects were performing Friday prayers, according to a shopkeeper.

Meanwhile, counter-terrorism teams in the southern province of Adana arrested seven ISIL members who participated in the organization’s armed service in Iraq and Syria and entered Turkey illegally.

In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare ISIL a terrorist group.

Since then, the country has been repeatedly attacked by ISIL terrorists, with at least 10 suicide attacks, seven bombings and four-gun attacks, killing 315 people and injuring hundreds more.



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