Turkish authorities have arrested three suspected members of the militant ISIS terrorist group in Istanbul, including two Pakistanis and a Briton, state media said Tuesday.
The state-run Anatolia news agency said the Pakistani suspects had been detained last week in a raid on their homes in Istanbul’s central Mecidiyekoy district.
Police then expanded the operation based on intelligence the suspects provided and detained the British suspect, identified as Hasan H., at a bus stop in the conservative Fatih district, it added.
All have now been remanded in custody by a court.
Anatolia said that Hasan H. was believed to be linked to Aine Lesley Davis, a close associate of the notorious British ISIS terrorist known as “Jihadi John” who Washington believes was likely killed in a recent drone strike in Syria.
Davis, a London-born British Muslim who turned to Islamist militancy, was among ISISsuspects detained in November in Istanbul the same day as the Paris attacks, for allegedly planning to stage a parallel attack in Turkey’s largest city.