16 ISIS-Linked Suspects Held in Europe-Wide Sweep: Officials

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Sixteen ISIS-linked suspects have been arrested in a coordinated operation by police across Europe, officials said Thursday, NBC News reported.

They are suspected of being part of an international terrorist network that allegedly planned an attack targeting Norwegian and British diplomats in the Middle East.

They also are accused of recruiting at least five people in Europe who traveled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS, authorities told a press conference in Rome.

The suspects included 16 Kurds and one person from Kosovo. The alleged terror network was founded by one of the suspects arrested in Norway, Najmuddin Ahmad Faraj, who also goes by the alias Mullah Krekar, the officials said.

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