170 PKK suspects detained in anti-terror ops last week

Published 05.06.2017 11:03
Updated 05.06.2017 11:13
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A total of 170 PKK terrorists were detained in anti-terror operations between May 22 and 29, according to a written statement released by the interior ministry Monday.

Police squads, gendarmerie units, and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) conducted 483 counter-terror operations against the PKK terrorist organization, during which 46 terrorists were killed.

As part of the operations carried out against foreign terrorists, some 43 Daesh terrorist suspects and 1,128 people with suspected links to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) were detained, the statement added.

According to the latest statement, 342 social media accounts linked to the aforementioned terrorist groups and accounts that threatened the people and state of Turkey were identified, and 55 out of 132 suspects were detained.

Some 2,494 irregular migrants were captured, while 78 organizers were also detained for migrant smuggling, the statement added.

Founded in 1978, the PKK has waged a decades-long bloody campaign against Turkey.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 after a brief reconciliation period.

Since that time, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children, while more than 4,000 security personnel and over 2,000 civilians have been injured.

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