212 arrested in Turkey’s nationwide anti-terror operations

212 suspects arrested by Turkish security forces as more than 1,300 detained during nationwide anti-terror operations

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish officials announced on Thursday that 212 people out of the 1300 detained have been arrested during Turkey’s anti-terror operations carried out in 39 different provinces by Turkish security forces.

Most of the suspects allegedly belonged to ISIS, outlawed PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), said officials.

The first wave of anti-terror operation started on July 24 after a Turkish non-commissioned officer was killed and two sergeants were wounded by gunfire from Syria in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis.

Among more than 1,300 detentions, 212 suspects were arrested in 28 different provinces. The number of detentions regarding provinces is as follow;

Mardin 24, Sanliurfa 22, Ankara 15, Bursa 14, Istanbul 13, Adana 10, Diyarbakir 10, Van 10, Konya 10, Izmir 9, Sirnak 9, Kilis 8, Batman 6, Hakkari 6, Agri 5, Hatay 5, Elazig 5, Adiyaman 5, Erzurum 4, Bitlis 4, Antalya 4, Siirt 3, Igdir 3, Gaziantep 3, Malatya 2, Manisa 1, Aydin 1, Mus 1.

During the operations Halis Bayancuk who is convicted in “the terrorist organisation leadership of Al Qaeda” trail and ISIS high level executive Abdulla Abdullayev who is responsible of recruiting foreigners to the militant group were also arrested.

Yusuf Kilic who is regional responsible of PKK's youth structure YDG-H was also arrested.

Siirt Municipality pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) council members Semsettin Aykac and Mehmet Emin Koyuncular were also among those arrested.

On the other hand, total of 222 suspects were released while 201 others were released on judicial control decision following the completion of judicial proceedings.

Turkey has stepped up efforts against militant groups after violent attacks arose after a suicide attack on July 20 allegedly carried out by ISIS which killed 32 people in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province.

Turkey launched several air strikes targeting multiple positions used by PKK and ISIS in Northern Iraq and Syria respectively since then.

TRTWorld, AA