Turkey arrests 145 people over suspected links to Kurdish militants
Turkey's Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya speaks in front of the Interior Ministry following a bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey October 1, 2023. REUTERS/
Two days after a bombing in Ankara that the terrorist organization claimed responsibility for, Turkish police detained roughly 145 people nationwide overnight on suspicion of having ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), according to reports in state media on Tuesday.
In Ankara on Sunday, two assailants killed each other and two police officers when a device they were carrying exploded nearby government facilities. The militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a banned organization, took ownership.
Immediately after the PKK claimed responsibility, Turkey launched airstrikes against militant targets in northern Iraq and detained suspects in Istanbul over the course of one night.
Sanliurfa province in southeast Turkey served as the focal point of the most recent police operations.
Four hundred and sixty-six operations have been carried out against the “intelligence units” of Kurdish militant group PKK across the country, Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said on the X social media platform on Tuesday. Fifty-five suspects have been detained in 16 provinces, he added.