Istanbul police anti-terror units launch operations

Anti-terror police units in Istanbul launch simultaneous dawn operations a day before Turkey’s upcoming June 7 elections

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Anti-terror units from the Istanbul police have launched simultaneous dawn operations against predetermined houses in the Sancaktepe and Cekmekoy districts in Istanbul’s suburbs a day before Turkey’s upcoming June 7 elections.

Turkish media have reported that the police detained an unspecified number of suspects in the raids.

There have also been reports that relatives of a detainee from Cekmekoy reacted to the police and tried to prevent press from taking photos.

Sancaktepe and Cekmekoy are located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials claimed their polling clerks in the districts were detained.

The media did not specify the alleged identity of the detainees.

Last Wednesday, Istanbul police launched an operation in the early hours of the morning against the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a Turkish armed leftist group, detaining over 10 suspects.

The operation was conducted in eight different districts of Istanbul - Kucukcekmece, Sultangazi, Bagcilar, Bahcelievler, Esenyurt, Atasehir and Bakirkoy - with the support of riot police, police helicopters and special police forces.

The districts are located on the European side of Istanbul.

Turkish police also conducted similar raids in early April on safe houses belonging to the DHKP-C in Izmir, Ankara and other cities.

The DHKP-C is a Marxist-Leninist militant organisation which has carried out a number of assassinations against Turkish military leaders and businessmen and is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.

Two members of the group recently attacked the office of a senior prosecutor in Istanbul’s courthouse and took him hostage him for six hours. They then clashed with the police before killing the prosecutor, according to the Turkish security services.