Nineteen members of Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), a youth group of PKK, were detained on Saturday in Turkey’s eastern province of Agri.
The outlawed PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU, and is mostly active in the southeastern provinces of Turkey.
Agri provincial directorate of security conducted a raid on the YDG-H group who had already received a tip about the operation and was prepared to battle.
The group threw molotov cocktails and fireworks on police forces before they were detained.
Police found multiple illegal arms, including handmade explosives, molotov cocktails, fireworks, butane fuel refill cylinders and a gun.
PKK attacks on armed forces and civilians have been intensified recent weeks as June 7 election draw closer with the purpose of pressuring the public, according to Turkish Intelligence Service.
Two soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) were kidnapped by PKK terrorists last Monday in Turkey’s eastern province of Mus, according to a statement on TAF website on May 20.
Last week, two villagers who were working at a tunnel construction were kidnapped from the Silvan district in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir by the militants.
Similarly on May 9, the PKK terrorists also kidnapped two villagers from a town in an eastern province of Mus.
In early 2013, the Turkish government launched the Kurdish Peace Process as part of a Resolution Process which was initiated in 2012 to end the decades-old conflict with the PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s by its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Ocalan previously called on supporters in a letter to lay down arms and convene a congress to end the battle during the Newroz celebrations on March 21, in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.