Thu, 26 May 2022

ISTANBUL, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police detained 25 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) suspected of planning terror attacks across the country, the Istanbul Governor's Office said Thursday.

The suspects were captured in parallel operations launched for 24 sites in eight provinces by Istanbul's provincial Gendarmerie Command units, including the western provinces of Istanbul and Izmir, the governor's office said in a statement.

At least two guns, organizational documents, digital materials and banners were seized in the operations.

One suspect is found to be looking for material to make homemade explosives, while others are found recruiting through social media and providing covert training for new PKK members, according to security officials.

In April, the Turkish military launched a cross-border operation against the PKK bases in northern Iraq after Turkey's defense ministry claimed that the PKK was planning a large-scale attack in the country.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for more than 30 years.

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