Turkey detains 42 in security raids

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Turkish police on Friday detained 42 people over suspected militant links in operations across two separate provinces, security sources and media said.

Police detained 20 people in the southern province of Adana over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the state-run Anadolu news agency said. It said authorities were still seeking 10 suspects.

Separately, police detained 22 suspected Islamic State militants in operations across the eastern province of Elazig, security sources said.

Turkey stepped up its efforts against ISIS after criticism from the U.S. and Russia that it was not doing enough to combat the Jihadist group. Ankara says it has detained more than 5,000 Islamic State suspects and deported some 3,290 foreign militants from 95 different countries in recent years. It has also refused entry to at least 38,269 individuals.

On Thursday, Turkish authorities detained a suspected Islamic State militant of Russian origin after he allegedly planned to use a drone to bring down a U.S. plane at the Incirlik air base, Dogan news agency said.