Thousands of Turkish Counter-Terrorism teams launched an air-supported anti-terror operation on Friday morning based in Istanbul and included 15 other Turkish provinces, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reported.
Speaking after his visit to Chief Justice Zerrin Gungor, PM Davutoglu said that 297 suspected militants were detained during joint operations in 16 different Turkish provinces by security forces.
“Operations against suspected militants of Daesh [ISIS], PKK and DHKP-C will continue,” Davutoglu added.
The prime minister’s office had previously issued a statement on early Friday that read “Operations took place in 13 provinces. Under the pretext of the counter-terror measures, 251 individuals were taken into custody. Legal proceedings for these individuals will now take their course.”
The Istanbul Police Department Anti-Terrorism Centre teams raided 140 different locations through joint operations in 26 districts of Istanbul including Bagcilar, Beyoglu, Sultangazi, Eyup, Gaziosmanpasa, officials also stated.
It is reported that the operation is targeting bases of several militants organisations including 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).
While operations throughout the city continue, numerous members of ISIS, PKK, YDG-H and the DHKP-C are said to have been detained as terrorist suspects.
The PKK, DHKP-C and ISIS are listed as terrorist organisations by Turkey, the US and EU.
98 suspects detained in Istanbul
A total of 98 suspects including 36 foreigners have been detained in Istanbul, authorities said.
Six rifles and many documents were seized during the operations.
Meanwhile, one DHKP-C militant was killed during the clashes which emerged after the counter-terror operation in the Bagcilar district in Istanbul.
The suspect was identified as Gunay Ozaslan who in the past had been investigated for allegedly planning a suicide bombing.
The militant is reported to have opened fire on security forces who were about to enter a house suspected to be the local base of the militant group. The ammo and rifles used during the clashes were seized, officials said.
Raids on PKK and ISIS in Ankara and Izmir
Turkish police reported that 9 suspects were detained in joint operations to 12 different locations in Turkey’s capital of Ankara targeting the PKK and ISIS.
Meanwhile, six suspected PKK terrorists were detained during operations in Turkey’s western province of Izmir.
Molotov cocktails (petrol bombs)and cans of gasoline stocked to be used in illegal demonstrations were seized.
35 suspected PKK terrorists detained in Sanliurfa
35 suspected PKK terrorists were detained by Turkish security forces in Turkey’s southern province of Sanliurfa where two police officers were killed by the PKK on July 22 in revenge for a bomb attack in the border town of Suruc on July 20, which was allegedly carried out by the ISIS.
Sanliurfa’s security forces launched operations on 49 different locations in the province.
Several rifles and organisational documents were seized.
Turkey has been shaken by militant attacks in recent days.
The raid come after a Turkish non-commissioned officer was killed and two sergeants were wounded by gunfire from Syria in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis, Turkish officials reported on July 23.
The gunfire was opened from a region controlled by ISIS into Turkey’s 5th Armoured Brigade Command, located around the Dag and Cobanbey border posts in the Elbeyli district of Kilis.
The fighting came after a huge explosion killed 32 people and injured hundreds of others in the garden of the Amara Culture Center located in Turkey’s border town Suruc on July 20, where members of the pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting before planning to cross into Syria to help the people of Kobani.
The suspected bomber was determined to have been linked with ISIS.