( dpa ) - The Turkish police has arrested more than 40 people in a countrywide raid against Kurdish Islamists, Turkish media reported Friday. The suspects are accused of committing crimes in the name of the banned radical Turkish Hezbollah movement.
Arrests were carried out in Istanbul, Mersin, Konya and Diyarbakir. Hezbollah has been fighting for a Kurdish religious state and came to bloody underground clashes with the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), an organization that is also banned. The organization has nothing to do with the eponymous one in Lebanon.
The Turkish Hezbollah was largely defeated in 2000 when the leadership was arrested in Istanbul. Following the arrests, dozens of murder victims were found buried in houses or encased in concrete.
The group has now regrouped, according to the press reports.