Fourteen arrested in probe against outlawed PKK’s youth arm

Turkish court arrests 14 suspects in investigation conducted on youth branch of outlawed PKK in eastern province of Agri

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Turkish court sent 14 suspects to jail on Sunday following an operation carried out in Turkey’s eastern city of Agri against the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) which is known for being the youth arm of the outlawed PKK.

Police detained 19 suspects during Saturday’s raids which was launched after police received a notification concerning planned attacks by the YDG-H in Dogubeyazit district of Agri.

PKK is registered as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, UK and NATO.

In the raids, the police seized a number of Molotov cocktails, fireworks and hand-made explosives.

The suspects were referred to court right after their detainment and five of them were released by the court on the condition of judicial controls.

As the June 7 general elections in Turkey draw closer, the PKK has escalated attacks in eastern provinces to influence voter confidence.

Two soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) were kidnapped on Monday in the eastern province of Mus, according to a statement published on the TAF website on May 20.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK and its supporters which claimed more than 40,000 lives in over three decades.

In the meantime, eight PKK terrorists turned themselves into security forces on Saturday in the southeastern province of Sirnak near the Iraqi border.

Ten militants had surrendered to Turkish security forces in Sirnak on May 13 after running away from PKK camps.

The number of militants who laid down arms and surrendered to security forces in the Sirnak province has increased to 692 since March of 2013.

In early 2013, Turkey launched a peace process with the the country's Kurdish community as part of the democratic reforms carried out by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to improve their integration with more rights including the recognition of their language and ethnic identity.‏

TRTWorld and agencies