ANKARA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkey security forces said at least 25 suspects linked to Islamic State (IS) were detained in anti-terror operations on Wednesday.
The raids aimed to thwart planned attacks and uncover the organization's activities, security forces said in a statement.
The anti-terror operations were carried out simultaneously in nine provinces, namely Van, Agri, Istanbul, Izmir, Kocaeli, Bingol, Adiyaman, Denizli and Mardin.
In Istanbul, the IS suspects targeted have been on a security watchlist for four months, Dogan news agency reported.
Separately, 12 other IS suspects, arrested in two recent operations in the southern province of Adana, were referred to the court on Wednesday, said state-run Anadolu Agency.
Two of the suspects were planning to conduct attacks abroad while some others were plotting to attack meetings of local religious communities in the provinces of Konya and Gaziantep.
Nearly 190 suspects linked to IS were arrested in nationwide counter-terrorism operations last month.