Turkish police detained 235 people suspected of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons group following the terror attack in Istanbul, the country’s interior ministry said on Monday.
The police operation was carried out in 11 Turkish provinces including Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Adana, Mersin and Gaziantep.
The detained people are accused of propaganda of terrorist ideas through social networks and providing support for terror groups. Earlier on Monday, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported that Turkish law enforcers have detained 118 members of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) following the attack in Istanbul. On Saturday, two bombs exploded near the Vodafone Arena Stadium in the Turkish largest city, killing at least 44 people, mostly police officers, and injuring about 150. The country’s authorities claimed that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was tied with the twin blast.