Turkish security forces have launched extensive simultaneous operations in metropolitan cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Diyarbakir and three other provinces, detaining more than 10 suspects who allegedly have connections with the MLKP militant organisation.
Turkey’s Anadolu Agency has reported that the Istanbul police department has detained 10 suspects on Friday, including a candidate for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who ran for office in the July 7 elections and co-President of Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF).
The operations have been conducted in 20 different locations in 15 districts, including Bayrampasa, Eyup, Umraniye, and Atasehir in the metropolitan city of Istanbul.
An adviser to the HDP co-President Figen Yuksekdag has also been detained during an operation in the capital city of Ankara, Anadolu Agency reported.
In Diyarbakir, Fethiye Ok, Deputy President of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), and Soner Cicek, the Diyarbakir provincial head of the ESP are among the detainees according to Turkish media accounts.
The MLKP has been described as an outlawed Marxist-Leninist militant organisation by Turkish security apparatus. The group was established in September 1994 according to its own declarations.
The group has been reportedly supporting the PKK’s Syrian branch PYD in the Syrian conflict and fighting in the country alongside with the group.
PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO.
Media reports have stated that security forces have raided a home in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul on Thursday night killing a female suspect who is believed to have ties to the PKK terrorist organization according to security officials.