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A total of 24 of around 50 suspects of Tajik
and Uzbek origin, who were detained for having
links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) in Istanbul on Oct. 18, have been revealed
to be children being trained in basement
apartments in Istanbul’s Pendik and Başakşehir
districts, daily Vatan has reported.
The suspects were reported to have trained
children in basement apartments in Pendik
and Başakşehir, using the apartments as militant
training camps, according to physical and
technical surveillance collected by Istanbul
Police Department Counterterrorism Unit
officers before raiding 18 separate homes
in Pendik and Başakşehir’s Kayaşehir neighborhood.
The suspects, mostly Uzbeks, who were detained
in the Oct. 18 raids were reported to have
lectured children on the basics of ISIL as well
as how to live in an Islamic state.