More than 275 arrested in Turkish anti-terror operations

Turkish security forces arrest more than 275 suspects in nationwide anti-terror operations in several provinces of Turkey

Turkish security forces have arrested more than 275 suspects in nationwide anti-terror operations carried out against ISIS, the outlawed PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) since July 24.

Turkish officials announced that more than 1,500 suspects have been detained in operations carried out in 39 provinces of the country.

Turkey has stepped up efforts against militant groups in the country after violent attacks followed a suicide attack on July 20 thought to have been carried out by ISIS which killed 33 people in the town of Suruc in Turkey's southeastern Sanliurfa Province.

The first wave of anti-terror operations started on July 24 after a Turkish non-commissioned officer, Yalcin Nane, was killed and two sergeants were wounded by gunfire from Syria in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis.

Turkish security forces have continued operations since then including airstrikes, night operations, and investigations into several addresses believed to belong to militant groups.

Twenty three security officials and five civilians have been killed and 89 people wounded across Turkey since the Suruc suicide bombing attack.

In the last week alone Turkish security forces arrested more than 80 people in 17 provinces of the country.

According to a statement by the Turkish Armed Forces published on August 1 more than 260 militants, including senior leaders in the PKK, have been killed in anti-terror operations and more than 400 others have been wounded so far.

Additionally, Turkish military forces have attacked more than 100 headquarters belonging to ISIS and the PKK.

The operations will continue for as long as the threat continues, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.


TRTWorld and agencies