Turkish Interior Ministry details anti-terror arrests

Suspects linked to Fetullah Terrorist Organization, PKK and ISIL among 2,600 people detained by Turkish security forces

Turkish Interior Ministry details anti-terror arrests

World Bulletin / News Desk

Just over 2,600 suspects linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and the PKK were arrested over the past week, Turkey’s interior ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry said 2,331 suspects were linked to FETO while 238 suspects were linked to the terrorist group PKK.

The Turkish security forces conducted 579 operations against the PKK between April 24 and 30.

Another 43 suspects were arrested in anti-ISIL operations, the statement added. Twenty-six suspects were arrested in connection with their alleged involvement with leftist terror organizations.

The ministry said 38 terrorists had been killed over the past week in anti-terrorism operations nationwide.

According to the statement, there were high-ranking suspects among the deaths.

Turkey accuses FETO of orchestrating the coup attempt of July 2016, which resulted in 249 deaths and thousands of injuries, as well as the bombing of vital government buildings, including parliament.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU. It has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, during which more than 40,000 people have lost their lives.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Mayıs 2017, 15:50