Turkey detains PKK, ISIS suspects in nationwide operations

Turkish security forces conduct nationwide operations against militant groups of PKK, ISIS following terror attack in capital Ankara

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Two suspects have been sent to court accompanied by security officers following their detainment in the Black Sea province of Corum on the grounds that they allegedly help recruit people to join with the outlawed PKK

Updated Oct 15, 2015

Turkish security forces have conducted numerous operations in several provinces against PKK and ISIS militant groups, detaining many suspects as the nation tries to recover from the worst terror attack in the history of the country which took place in the capital city of Ankara.

A march organised by far-leftist labor unions and political parties was targeted by twin suicide bombers around 10:00 am (PST 07:00 am) on Saturday, when crowds had just started to gather in front of Ankara’s main train station, the attack killed 97 people and wounded more than 500 according to the Turkish authorities.

Turkish media has reported that Elazig Police Department in eastern Turkey conducted a coordinated operation against the outlawed YDG-H, which is the PKK’s youth group, detaining 14 suspects in the central and Kovancilar districts of Elazig province on Oct. 13.

Igdir Police Department has also carried out simultaneous operations against the alleged YDG-H members in the early hours of Oct. 13, detaining four suspects in the central district of the Igdir province, which is located in the eastern part of the country, media accounts stated.

Security forces have also performed several operations on Oct. 13 in the Black Sea provinces of Karabuk and Corum against an alleged PKK network, detaining seven suspects who have been accused of recruiting people to join the outlawed militant group, according to media reports.

Based on the information provided by the detained suspects, the security forces have also rescued a person who was being taken to join the outlawed PKK in the eastern province of Van, the reports added.

Turkish General Staff announced on Oct. 12 that its troops safely detonated IED's which were planted by the PKK terrorists into two wind turbines, owned by a private company in the Hasanbeyli district of the southern Osmaniye province.

The PKK terrorists previously sabotaged four wind turbines in the same area using IED's on Oct. 4, making the devices unusable. The militants also clashed with military personnel who were dispatched to the scene of the incident, killing one Turkish soldier.

The news outlets also reported that eight PKK terrorists have been killed and three Turkish troops have been wounded on Oct. 13 during the continuing operations against the militant group in the Yuksekova district of the eastern province of Hakkari, according to an official statement from the governorate.

ISIS suspects detained in raids

Security units have conducted simultaneous operations against ISIS in provinces of Gaziantep, Kilis, Ankara and Bursa, detaining a total of three people, two of whom are foreign nationals, media accounts reported based on an official statement from the Gaziantep governorate on Oct. 13.

The reports claimed that the suspects were trying to pass into Syrian territories.

On Oct. 13, Kocaeli Police Department also carried out an operation against the outlawed ISIS militants in the western part of the country, where security forces detained five suspected members of the militant group in the Gebze district of the Kocaeli province, media reports said. 

In addition, in the central Anatolian province of Kirsehir, the police department has performed a security operation in which a 23 year old male suspect allegedly with ties to ISIS has been detained at his home, the media reported.

The news outlets claimed that he has memberships to ISIS websites and he stated in his testimony that he previously illegally crossed into Syria joining unidentified people and getting training on bomb-making during his stay in the country.

He has been sent to court on charges of “being member to an armed terrorist organisation and participating in its activities,” media reports added.

Turkey has been targeted by increasing terror attacks from ISIS and PKK terrorist groups in its southeastern and eastern regions, since a suicide bombing, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS, in Suruc district of the Sanliurfa province claimed 34 lives on July 20.

Both the PKK and ISIS are recognised as terrorist organisations by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO.

The PKK has particularly increased its attacks on both police and the Turkish Armed Forces after its umbrella organization KCK unilaterally ended the over two year old ceasefire with Turkish government on July 11 and threatened the country with attacks. 

140 Turkish security officials and over 30 civilians have been killed in terror attacks by the outlawed PKK.

TRTWorld and agencies