Turkish police arrest over 800 suspects in counter-terrorism raids
By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Mon Jul 27 2015, 10:13 am
The Turkish police have apprehended over 800 suspects during counter-terrorism raids across the country.
The operations started on Friday after a wave of deadly attacks that left at least 33 people killed.
32 civilians were killed and more than 100 others wounded in a single attack that took place near the town of Suruc, located in the southeastern part of Turkey on July 20.
The explosion targeted a cultural center where around 300 people had gathered for a conference a day after a police officer was shot dead by unknown gunman in Istanbul.
Officials say the operations are aimed to find those having links with Daesh, Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and doing other anti-state activities including attacking security forces and staging illegal demonstrations.
Police say over 100 people including a Daesh suspect who goes by its nickname ‘Abu Hanzala’ and 37 foreigners were arrested from Istanbul and others were arrested from other parts of the country.
Turkey is an ally of the US coalition formed against Islamic State that is bombing the militant positions in neighboring Syria and Iraq.