Over 800 detained in Turkey over alleged links to PKK
Feb.15, Ankara: Turkish police have detained more than 800 people over alleged links to Kurdish fighters in nationwide operations, according to state media.
Police conducted simultaneous raids in 37 different provinces and taken 834 people into custody, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted police forces as saying on Tuesday.
The media said, Anadolu said authorities received intelligence that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) would escalate attacks after February 15, the day marking the 1999 capture of imprisoned PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan.
Along with the suspects, two Kalashnikovs, 11 guns, 15 rifles and ammunition were seized, police said.
The operations come as Turks prepare to vote on April 16 on replacing the parliamentary system with the stronger presidency sought by President Tayyip Erdogan.
The referendum will be held under a state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup last July.
Tens of thousands of people have been arrested since the abortive coup over suspected ties to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric and businessman accused by Ankara of organising the coup.
The Oslo Times International News Network