HDP district co-head arrested in Turkey’s southeast

Three suspects including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Varto district co-head Halide Akay arrested in Turkey’s southeastern province Mus

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On Aug. 17 a curfew was imposed in Varto district due to terror attacks.

A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the arrest for three suspects, including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Varto district co-head, Halide Akay on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organisation” and “aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation” in Turkey’s southeastern province Mus.

According to security sources, Varto district anti-terror teams, belonging to the Mus police department detained the trio (Akay, her husband Ali Dogan Akay and Murat Guler) on Friday.

Murat Guler, who is the official driver of Varto district co-head, Sabite Ekinci is suspected of being a member of the outlawed PKK’s youth branch, the YPG-H, and to have participated in illegal demonstrations.  

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US and EU.

The group has increased its terror attacks in Turkey since July 11, when its umbrella organisation, the KCK unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government, killing nearly 30 civilians and 118 security officers since then.

Speaking to TRT World, political analyst Galip Dalay, made comments about the heavily debated HDP-PKK relationship, saying that ‘’the PKK is at the top of the interior hierarchy of power.’’

A tonne of explosives seized

Turkish security forces on Friday seized a tonne of hand made explosives, several guns and ammunition during raids targeting several areas, including Munzur Valley in Turkey’s eastern province of Tunceli.

The Turkish gendarmerie's special operations division, determined the targets during reconnaissance flights, conducted with unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Tunceli governorate, also announced that several PKK terrorists, including senior members of the organisation were killed during air operations conducted in the Ovacik district of the province.

In a statement, the governorate said that the operation was named after the slain police officer Aydin Nazillioglu, who died on Sept. 16 in Ovacik.

TRTWorld, AA