PHOTO: A Turkish policeman outside the German Consulate in Istanbul, October 2014
A Turkish police intelligence report claims that about 3,000 people in the country are linked to the Islamic State.
The number is in addition to the Foreign Ministry’s estimate of between 700 and 1,000 Turkish fighters in the jihadist group.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu said 1,165 people have been deported and 7,250 have been blocked by an entry ban. However, the police called for surveillance of 3,000 people to determine if they are active in the Islamic State, describing them as “sleeping cells.”
An “urgent” notice said the Islamic State might attack the consulates of Western countries, NATO facilities, or Western citizens, as well as carrying out bombings. Security measures for the consulates and assets of Western states have been raised to a maximum level with additional forces deployed, including patrols.