Two Russian nationals detained in Turkey’s Diyarbakir

Turkish security officials detain several suspects including two Russian nationals accused of participating in illegal demonstration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province

Photo by: AA
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A barricade set by the PKK terrorists on a street is seen as Turkish Security forces carry out an operation against terrorist organizations in Diyarbakir's Sur district, Turkey on December 7, 2015.

Two Russian nationals are among several suspects accused of participating in an illegal demonstration who were detained on Friday in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province.

The group gathered in front of the Democratic Society Congress building located in Yenisehir Sur District where a curfew had been declared in order to restore security to the neighbourhood.

The group later clashed with Turkish security forces which prevented them from walking in the area.

Several suspects including two Russian nationals were detained during the clashes.

A curfew was declared on Monday in Diyarbakir's Sur District as part of an ongoing anti-terrorist operation in the city.

The curfew came after security forces launched the operation in the region to remove barricades which PKK terrorists had earlier set up in the streets.

Increasing terror attacks by the PKK, which is listed as a terror organisation by Turkey, US and EU, have caused disruption in several eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey.

On Nov 28, the head of the Diyarbakir bar association, Tahir Elci, and a policeman died during clashes between PKK terrorists and police officers in Diyarbakir.

The clashes occurred in Sur District after PKK terrorists opened fire on policemen who were escorting a group of lawyers including Elci who had gathered to give a press statement.

PKK terrorists later attacked the official delegation in charge of the official investigation into the death of Tahir Elci.

A historical mosque - the Fatih Pasha Mosque - located in the district was also damaged by PKK attacks which caused a fire in the mosque.

The damaged Fatih Pasha Mosque, which is known for its lead-covered dome, is the first Ottoman-constructed Muslim place of worship in the historical district of Diyarbakir.

TRTWorld and agencies