August 11, 2017
Twelve suspected PKK terrorists were arrested in Istanbul on Friday in an operation to prevent imminent attacks, a police official said.
Among those arrested in raids across 11 districts of the city were a group that had received training in camps in Europe and were planning terror atrocities, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
The arrests came ahead of the Aug. 15 anniversary of the PKK’s first terror attacks in 1984.
Others arrested are thought to be PKK terrorists from the eastern provinces of Bingol and Tunceli who were hiding out in Istanbul, the police source said.
The leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Antalya province branch, Songul Sarkli and Ihsan Nergis, and two lawyers were among those arrested.
Following a fragile peace deal, the PKK resumed its armed campaign in July 2015. Since then, more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians have been killed.