Turkey detains 44 people over Istanbul terror attacks

Updated On : 13 Jul , 2017 , 10:23 PM
Turkey detains 44 people over Istanbul terror attacks
Turkey detains 44 people over Istanbul terror attacks
Istanbul:

A Turkish official says 44 people suspected of planning terror attacks linked to Kurdish militants have been detained in police operations, including suspects in two separate Istanbul attacks in 2016.

44 people suspected of planning terror attacks linked to Kurdish militants have been detained in police operations, including suspects in two separate Istanbul attacks in 2016, according to a Turkish official.

Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said on Thursday one of the detainees is suspected of organising a December attack near a football stadium, killing 46 people. The governor said the man left the bomb-laden vehicle at the last minute.

Another is allegedly the organizer of a car bomb attack on a bus carrying riot police in June 2016 that killed 11.

The outlawed Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK, had claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Sahin said the operations into the Kurdish militants’ ‘special forces cell’ in Istanbul and four other provinces saved the city from ‘serious and sensational attacks.’ 

First Published : Thursday, July 13, 2017 09:30 PM

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