Turkey arrests 80 PKK members
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 4 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva /
The Turkish security forces launched an operation this morning to arrest members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the CNN Turk television channel reported.
The security forces detained 80 people, but the operation continues.
Last week, the Turkish security forces conducted an operation to arrest 15 members of the PKK, suspected of planning terror actions.
On Sept.22, a PKK militant wing, the radical group Kurdistan Liberation Hawks (TAK) , claimed responsibility for the attack in Ankara. This attack killed three people were and injured another 34.
Turkey has recently initiated an active struggle against terrorism. The Turkish Air Force throw blows at Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq.
Air strikes were conducted after a militant terror attack in southeastern Turkey on Aug. 17, in which nine Turkish servicemen were killed. These were the first strikes by Turkey in northern Iraq in more than a year.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has continued for more than 25 years, claiming over 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by both the UN and the EU.
PKK militants have previously threatened Turkish authorities with intensified armed conflict if concrete steps are not taken to address long-term Kurdish problem.