Turkey arrests 8 DAESH suspects after Diyarbakir operations

Turkish court arrests eight suspects allegedly tied to DAESH terrorist organisation following extensive operations against group in southeastern province of Diyarbakir

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Police seen during an anti terror operation against DAESH in Kayapinar district of Diyarbakır, Turkey on October 26, 2015.

Diyarbakir Criminal Court of Peace has arrested eight suspects out of a total of seventeen detainees, who are allegedly tied to the DAESH terrorist organisation, following extensive operations against the group in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Oct. 26.

Diyarbakir's chief prosecutor announced on Friday that the eight suspects have been arrested by the court in Diyarbakir, after being accused of “attempting to remove constitutional order.”

The statement also indicated that its office has identified four out of a total of seven alleged DAESH members, who were killed by security forces during the operations in the Kayabasi district of Diyarbakir and the bodies have been handed over to their families for burial.

Turkish media reported that the police considers the seven suspects killed in the operations as potential suicide bombers and added that they have been closely followed by security services since they entered into Turkey from Syria two months ago.

The media also claimed that the head of the group for Diyarbakir is also among the detainees.

Anti-terror operations were executed simultaneously at 17 different sites where potential ISIS suicide bombers were suspected to be present and a DAESH suicide bomber killed two police officers by blowing himself up during one of the operations, according to a statement by Diyarbakir Governorate on Tuesday.

The statement said a police search of the DAESH hideouts in Diyarbakir also discovered several documents belonging to the terrorist organisation along with two Kalashnikov rifles, eight pistols, one shotgun, 17 fuses and a large amount of ammunition.

Turkish security forces have recently carried out scores of operations against the DAESH network in several provinces of Turkey, following the deadliest terror attack in the modern history of the country that took place in the capital city of Ankara on Oct. 10.

Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of Ankara issued an extensive statement on Oct. 28 concerning the Ankara bombings, indicating that the attacks were plotted by the DAESH terrorist organisation and that the suicide bombers received the order to carry out the attack from DAESH members in Syria.

A march organised by leftist labor unions and political parties was targeted by twin suicide bombers on Oct. 10 when crowds had just started to gather in front of Ankara’s main train station, killing 102 people and wounding more than 500 according to the Turkish authorities.

TRTWorld and agencies