An anti-terror raid was launched on Tuesday by Turkish counter terrorism teams targeting the outlawed PKK youth wing, the Patriotic Revolutionary Movement (YDG-H), after suspicions arose that guns and ammunition were hidden in a cafe in Istanbul’s Okmeydani district.
The cafe’s owner, who had been monitored by security forces, was also taken into custody.
Three pump action rifles, a handgun, a telescopic sight and ammunition hidden in different parts of the cafe were seized during the raid.
Meanwhile, ten YDG-H members were detained on Tuesday in joint operations carried out by Turkish counter terrorism teams in Turkey’s provinces of Izmir and Mus.
According to a statement released by Mus governorate, dozens of documents and guns were also seized during the raids.
Operations against YDG-H have recently been stepped up by Turkish security forces, which have detained dozens of suspects linked to the group.
On June 5, three members of the YDG-H were arrested in Turkey’s southeastern province of Mardin.