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Turkey arrests 3 suspected Islamic State 'executioners'

 

ISTANBUL - Three men suspected of carrying out murders on behalf of the Islamic State group have been arrested, Turkey's official news agency Anadolu reported Saturday.

 

The three men are thought to have been part of a "Daesh execution team," using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

 

The counter-terror operations in the southeastern provinces of Sanliurfa and Gaziantep as well as eastern Malatya province followed an investigation into a drive-by shooting of a Syrian national in Sanliurfa last month. The gun used in that attack was found on the suspects.

 

The suspects used chats in phone gaming applications to communicate with ISIS members, according to private Dogan news agency.

 

Anadolu said the men are thought to have been planning attacks on people working against ISIS.