The anti-terror branch directorate of the Istanbul Police Department on Friday detained 44 suspected militants of outlawed PKK and seized several weapons, ammunition along with organisational documents in a joint operation in Istanbul.
Backed up by helicopters, the security officers raided 67 different addresses simultaneously in 28 districts including Sultangazi, Bagcilar, Basaksehir and Esenyurt.
The suspects were taken into custody for allegedly being linked to the outlawed PKK which is listed as terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO, the US and EU.
According to security sources, police continue to search for 22 more suspects out of the 66-person list.
Security sources also said that figures from the People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) Besiktas, Sisli, Eyup and Beylikduzu branch offices, unionists and former mayors were among the suspects who were detained in today’s operations.
Seventeen PKK terrorists killed in Diyarbakir
Meanwhile, security forces launched another anti-terror operation in Silvan district in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir Province where a curfew was imposed on Friday morning until further notice.
Backed up by helicopters, anti-terror teams raided several addresses in four districts in the city.
Special operations teams and commandos announced that 17 PKK terrorists were killed in armed clashes during the operations.
Security officials also stated that the curfew will continue until the city is cleared from terror threats and the ditches will be closed.