Turkey arrests 20 Kurds for suspected links to PKK
The Turkish police have detained 20 people over suspected connections with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in simultaneous operations across four provinces, Press TV reported.
According to the Anatolia news agency, anti-terror police rounded up the suspects in dawn raids on 22 locations in the southern provinces of Mersin, Gaziantep, and Hatay and the eastern province of Adiyaman. They were all brought to Gaziantep to be interrogated.
The detentions came in parallel with an operation in December in which 31 people were arrested in 11 provinces over links to the PKK and its off-shoots in urban centers.
Several mayors from the recently banned Democratic Society Party (DTP) were among those taken into custody. Over 100 people have been charged so far in the latest investigation into the PKK's activities.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is listed as a terrorist organization by many members of the international community, including Turkey, Iran, the United States, and European Union member states.
Over 40,000 people have lost their lives since the PKK launched an armed campaign against Ankara in 1984, as part of a quest to establish an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey.