Turkey detains more than 100 in raids against pro-Kurdish party

By REUTERS
December 12, 2016 09:15

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish police have detained 118 people in raids across Turkey, targeting officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) over allegations of links to Kurdish PKK militants, state-run Anadolu agency said on Monday.

The operations were launched after an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Sunday claimed responsibility for twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 outside an Istanbul soccer stadium.

Hours after that claim, Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq, destroying a headquarters of the militants and surrounding gun positions and shelters, an army statement said.

Around dawn, about 500 police, backed by armored vehicles and a helicopter, launched an operation in the southern city of Adana and detained 25 HDP officials, Anadolu said.

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