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    Four More Relatives of Late Daesh Leader al-Baghdadi Arrested in Turkey - Report

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    Previously, Turkish authorities reported detaining several people related to the now-deceased terrorist leader, including his older sister and his wife. They were reportedly questioned by the authorities, with some of them providing information on the terrorist group's internal workings.

    Turkish authorities have detained four relatives of the late Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while conducting operations in Kirsehir province, Anadolu Agency reported, citing the Kirsehir chief public prosecutor’s office. A total of 25 relatives of the dead terrorist leader were detained in operations covering four Turkish provinces, including Samsun, Ordu, and Sanliurfa.

    Those detained were charged with participating in an "armed terror group" by the Kirsehir Peace Penal Court. 21 of those arrested have already been interrogated and sent to a repatriation centre in Kirsehir province.

    Late Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, U.S. October 30, 2019
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    Late Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, U.S. October 30, 2019

    Previously, Turkey confirmed detaining a number of relatives of al-Baghdadi, including his sister, 65-year-old Rasmiya Awad, his brother-in-law, and his wife, Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi. The latter, according to AFP's report, "volunteered a lot of information" about the Daesh* leader and his terrorist organisation.

    Death of al-Baghdadi

    US President Donald Trump announced that Daesh* leader al-Baghdadi died on 27 October as a result of a US raid on his hideout, blowing himself up after being chased into a dead-end tunnel. The US claimed that due to his body having been mutilated by the blast, al-Baghdadi was identified via a DNA test on the spot, with his remains buried at sea within 24 hours of his death.

    The terrorist organisation later confirmed the death of al-Baghdadi and named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi as their new leader.


    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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