Thousands of Turkish security forces and gendarmerie continued their nationwide anti-terrorism operations on Saturday with raids held in 22 provinces including Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.
Multiple streets were cordoned off as ground forces raided the homes of suspected individuals while air support helicopters watched over the proceedings.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called a press conference later on Saturday giving information about the ongoing anti-terror operations targeting members of ISIS, the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C), the outlawed PKK and the PKK’s youth affiliate the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H).
Davutoglu said “ [the operations] Continued during the night, total of 288 suspected militants were detained by Turkish security forces and gendarmerie in 22 different Turkish provinces in the second wave of anti-terror operations. With the 302 detentions made during the first wave the total number has reached 590.”
Turkish police detained more than 100
Turkish security forces detained 54 suspected members of the YDG-H and ISIS in Turkey’s southern city of Adana.
In the southeastern province of Adiyaman, 15 suspected PKK members were detained by the Adiyaman Counter Terror teams.
10 member of Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) were detained in the southern province of Antalya while many illegal documents were seized during the raids.
Antalya’s security forces raided homes belong to the same illegal organisation seizing more than 20 fragmentation bombs and several organisational documents in June.
Police also conducted operations in western city of Izmir, Turkey’s third largest metropolis, against alleged members of YDG/H and in Kocaeli, against the DHKP-C. Seven detentions were made in Kocaeli.
In Anatolia operations against ISIS saw police raid 30 pre-determined addresses in Konya, Ankara and Manisa placing 15 individuals under arrest.
In southeastern Sanliurfa’s districts of Ceylanpinar, Suruc and Birecik, 20 others were arrested over alleged membership to the outlawed PKK. Also, in Tunceli, five more were detained on the same charges.
In the eastern city of Erzincan, eight were detained in different addresses during operations targeting ISIS and “marginal leftist groups.” This definition includes but is not limited to the PKK, YDG-H and DHKP-C.
Also on Turkey’s border with Iraq, in the city of Hakkari, two YDG-H members were detained while 16 suspects were detained in the eastern Turkish province of Van.
Several organisational documents, rifles, bombs and types of ammunition were seized during the operations.