Turkish police detain 32 in Kurdish militant probe

January 13, 2012 14:41


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ISTANBUL - Police detained at least 32 people in dawn raids across Turkey on Friday and searched the home of a prominent Kurdish politician as part of an investigation into alleged ties between Kurdish activists and separatist militants, officials said.

The operation focused on the offices and homes of members of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), the largest party in parliament representing Turkey's restive Kurdish minority.

Among those whose homes were raided was Leyla Zana, who was elected to parliament in June 2011 as an independent and later joined the BDP. Security officials said police seized documents and computers from Zana's home.

Raids were carried out in 16 provinces, including Istanbul, Ankara, and Diyarbakir in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

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