Turkey: Over 30 arrested for suspected PKK/KCK links

By Yahya Sezgin, Sabri Yildirim, and Hasan Namli

VAN / MUS / DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AA) – At least 34 PKK/KCK terror suspects have been arrested in an anti-terror operation in eastern Turkey, the governor's office announced on Thursday.

Seven out of 26 suspected members of the PKK/KCK terror group were arrested on Thursday in the eastern Mus province, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.

Nineteen other suspects were arrested in raids carried out on Monday and Tuesday in Mus.

Arms, organizational documents, and ammunition were also seized in the raids.

Separately, a PKK terrorist were arrested in Yenice in the southeastern Diyarbakir province during a joint operation carried out by the police and gendarmerie forces.

In a Van-based operation carried out across four provinces, seven suspects were arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting the PKK/KCK terror group, the provincial gendarmerie said in a statement.

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.