Turkish police detain 14 suspects in anti terror operation in Istanbul

Turkish police forces detain 14 suspects over relation with PKK terrorist organisation during simultaneous anti-terror operations in Istanbul

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Turkish security forces conducted anti terror operations against PKK in several districts of Istanbul on Tuesday.

Turkish police forces detained 14 suspects over having links with terrorist organisation PKK during simultaneous operations in four districts of Istanbul on Tuesday.

After conducting searches at the houses of the suspects, police also found unlicenced guns and several documents belonging to the terrorist group.

The interrogations of the suspects reportedly still continue.

Meanwhile, five other PKK suspects were arrested in southeastern Diyarbakir province over ‘being a member of an armed terrorist organisation.’

According to a statement by the police department, the suspects had earlier been involved in a gun and bomb attack against security forces in the Sur district of Diyarbakir.

More than 300 security officers have died in PKK terror attacks in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

Most recently, a PKK-affiliated terrorist group TAK claimed responsibility for the Ankara attack that killed 29 people and injured 81 others on Feb. 17.

The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by the US, the European Union and Turkey.

TRTWorld, AA