Ankara, Dec 29 (AP) Turkey’s state-run news agency says police in the capital Ankara have detained 29 suspected Islamic State group militants, some of whom were allegedly preparing to carry out attacks during New Year celebrations. Also Read - Husband Takes Romantic Selfie With Pregnant Wife, Then Pushes Her Off 1000-Ft Cliff to Her Death

Anadolu Agency says the suspects, including foreign nationals, were detained in simultaneous raids early Friday. Also Read - Man Spikes His Boss’ Drink With Corona Patient's Saliva, Charged with Attempted Murder

Anadolu says police had warrants to detain 17 other suspects. Also Read - Taxi Driver Takes Drunk Passenger Straight to Police Station After He Refuses to Wear Face Mask

The agency says one of the suspects jumped out of a balcony to try and avoid arrest but was soon caught.

Turkey has suffered a series of deadly attacks blamed on IS militants, including a New Year’s attack at an Istanbul nightclub by a gunman that killed 39 people.

The country is stepping up security measures ahead of the celebrations. Authorities have canceled several large-scale New Year’s Eve street parties in Istanbul. (AP) UZM

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.