88 PKK/KCK suspects arrested across Turkey

By Kemal Karadag

ANKARA (AA) – At least 88 suspected PKK/KCK terror suspects were arrested across Turkey on Friday, the country’s Interior Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the anti-terror branch teams of police in seven provinces conducted an operation in order to prevent any possible terrorist activities as anniversary of Oct. 6-7 events approaches.

On Oct. 6-7, 2014, two police officers and 31 civilians were killed by PKK terrorists following an unauthorized demonstration, which started with the call of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), on the pretext of Daesh terror group’s attack in Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), a northern Syrian city.

During the operation, 23 suspects were arrested in Izmir province, 15 in Van, 14 in Adana, 15 in Erzurum, 13 in Mardin, six in Kars and two in Mus.

Arms, drugs, organizational documents and digital materials were also seized in the raids.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.