Turkish security forces on Thursday detained 23 suspected PKK terrorists including two village headmen in an anti-terror operation, targeting outlawed PKK, which is listed as terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO, the US and EU.
Anti-terror teams raided several addresses in four different districts of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, following violent terror attacks mostly carried out by PKK terrorists across the country.
Seizing several organisational documents, police sent suspects’s to court over charges of “being member of a terrorist organisation.”
According to security sources, 35 kilograms of explosives and eight high explosive IED hand bombs were also seized later on Thursday in Viransehir district of Sanliurfa.
Police officers launched the operation following a testimony of five suspects who were detained on Tuesday while they were planting a bomb in a public park in Hurriyet neighborhood, ahead of a HDP rally.
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have become one of the main tools that outlawed PKK uses in terror attacks across Turkey, as the militant group has increased its assaults recently.
According to reports, at least 66 Turkish security officials have been killed in 15 different IED bomb attacks carried out by PKK terrorists.
Meanwhile, 7 other suspected PKK terrorists were also detained in Turkey’s southern Adana province following criminal prosecution on suspects.
The police raided several addresses in Adana and seized weapons, ammunition and many organisational documents.
Turkey has stepped up its efforts against militant groups following a suicide attack on July 20, allegedly carried out by ISIS, which killed 34 people in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province.
Since July 24, over 1,600 people have been arrested in counter-terrorism operations, amid a spike in attacks, targeting security officers and civilians by outlawed PKK.
PKK terrorists killed nearly 30 civilians and a total of 118 Turkish security officials in numerous terror attacks since restarting the conflict against the Turkish state.