Germany’s Celle Prosecution Office has announced that German security services have detained the alleged regional head of the PKK terrorist organisation in the state of Saxony following extensive police raids against the group in the cities of Dresden and Hannover.
Germany - alongside Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO - designates the PKK as a terrorist organisation.
The 44-year old suspect, who holds Turkish citizenship, was detained in Dresden on Wednesday after German police raided six houses and offices in the city according to media reports.
He has been sought by the police following accusations that he is a member of a foreign terrorist organisation whose activities have been banned in Germany.
The suspect is alleged to have been in charge of the Hannover operations of the PKK in the state of Lower Saxony from mid 2014 to July 2015 and since July has been responsible for the PKK’s Saxony operations, media reports have stated.
The German media outlet MDR reported that the suspect has been accused of several crimes including collecting money, recruiting fighters, and making propaganda for the PKK.
The German-Kurdish Friendship Society was among the locations raided in Dresden, the report added.
The German police operations against the PKK come following high-level visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to Turkey where she held crucial meetings with Turish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Oct. 18, primarily focusing on growing refugee crisis and security problems.
Media reports stated that the Turkish leaders have particularly been concerned with the arming of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) by Western powers and conveyed to Merkel their message that the PYD is a "terrorist" organisation as well as ISIS and should not be armed at all.
Turkey considers the PYD to be the Syrian branch of the PKK.
Turkey also expects EU member states to extradite PKK members who live in various EU states. Although the EU recognises the PKK as a terrorist organisation, many EU states are alleged to be safe havens for PKK terrorists.
Turkey has consistently asked European states to take further measures to stop both the flow of PKK members and their financial resources.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives.
Recent PKK terror attacks have killed 148 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.