Turkey arrests 18 PKK suspects in anti-terror operations

Turkish police arrest 18 suspects following country wide anti-terror operations against outlawed PKK

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Turkish policemen detained several people during anti-terror operations across the country

A total of 18 PKK suspects were arrested on Tuesday after being detained in anti-terror operations that were launched country wide by Turkish police.

Turkish police detained 48 people including some district heads of HDP (People’s Democratic Party) over their suspected ties within the scope of anti-terror operations against PKK terrorists in 28 districts of Istanbul.

Fifteen suspects were sent to the court and later arrested for "being a members of an armed organisation" and "disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state" while the rest were released following their interrogations.

The arrest warrent statament stated that the arrested members of the PKK terrorist group aimed to fine “a parallel organisation by splitting the country.”

The security records also determined that the detainees organised protests against police officials and attacked them with molotov cocktails and stones.

Furthermore, three suspects were arrested over charges of providing arms to PKK terrorists in Turkey’s southeastern Van province.

The suspects were detained following a police investigation that found several weapons along with ammunition that were hidden in vehicles.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, NATO, and the EU.

PKK terror attacks have killed 135 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, that unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

In the meantime, Turkish security forces said on Tuesday that they detained at least 22 people during the simultaneous anti-terror operations across six provinces of Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, Van, Isparta and Agri.

The official sources said that the operations mainly targeted members of PKK and KCK.

TRTWorld and agencies