740 suspects detained in nationwide operation targeting PKK terrorist group

DAILY SABAHISTANBUL 18 March 2017 – Turkish security forces detained 740 suspects in simultaneous operations in 36 provinces across the country targeting the PKK terrorist organization’s urban organization.

A statement from the Ministry of Interior said the operations targeted the terrorist group’s restructuring efforts ahead of the summer. Applying guerilla warfare tactics in Turkey’s mountainous eastern provinces, the terrorist group goes into retreat in urban areas during harsh winters of the region. Three-day-long operations targeted both the militia and sympathizers of the terrorist group and its umbrella structure KCK. An AK-47 automatic rifle, four handguns, 14 rifles and ammunition were seized in the operations, in addition to numerous documents and supplies. Previously in February, 259 suspects were detained in operations targeting PKK/KCK, of which 39 were arrested in ensuing legal proceedings.