Istanbul police launch major operation on PKK

Anti-terror police arrests 32 suspects in Istanbul over connection to outlawed PKK

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish police arrested 32 people suspected of being members of the outlawed PKK last week in Istanbul, while many explosives and guns were impounded.

Many locations in Istanbul were raided by police in the past three days and the explosives were found in those locations before the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) - the umbrella organization of the outlawed PKK -  was able to carry out the planned attacks, officials reported.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU. The 30-year-long conflict launched by PKK against the Turkish government has so far claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people and injured thousands.

Police impounded 13 handmade bombs, 107 molotov cocktails, two guns and many cartridges that belong to the guns, seven pump hunting rifles and many cartridges of the rifles, 6.5 litres petrol, and 31 balaclavas, Turkish media reported.

On the same day, PKK terrorists attacked civilians in Turkey’s two eastern provinces.

A group of municipal workers were attacked and beaten by militants as they tried to fix a water cut problem in Gole district of northeastern Ardahan province.

The militants who had created the water cut prevented the workers from fixing the water cut problem, and burned the municipality car being used by workers.

The Ardahan governorate office announced that an investigation was launched in the region to arrest the militants.

In a similar incident, a group of militants intercepted three trailer trucks and burned them by the roadside in eastern Agri province.

Moreover, a group of people who  claimed to be the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) members held an unpermitted protest in the southern province of Mardin at Friday night, throwing blast bombs and molotov cocktails at the police.

Police used tear gas on the group of youths  with covered faces and dispersed the crowd.

In the meantime, anti-terror police launched simultaneous operations on nine locations in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Friday and arrested three out of four suspects who were accused of attending Kobane events on October.

The “Kobane events” of Oct. 6-7 took place after the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) called its supporters to the streets to rally in support of the city of Kobane which was besieged by ISIS.

The rally soon turned into attacks on the members of the conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) by the youth arm of PKK (YDG-H) and five people were killed violently during the events.

TRTWorld and agencies