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Turkey: 47 arrested for plotting PKK terror attack

Suspects were preparing for attack with arms, Molotov cocktails, and improvised explosives, according to security source

16.03.2018
Turkey: 47 arrested for plotting PKK terror attack

By Omer Yildiz

ADANA, Turkey

At least 47 people have been arrested in Turkey's southern province of Adana on suspicion of preparing for a PKK terrorist attack, a security source said early Friday.

The arrests came when counter-terrorism police carried out simultaneous operations at 73 separate locations across the province ahead of the March 21 spring festival of Newroz, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Among those arrested were five women and 10 children, the source added.

The suspects were preparing for a terrorist attack with arms, Molotov cocktails, and improvised explosives following a call by the PKK terror group.

The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, causing nearly 40,000 deaths.

More than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children, have been killed since July 2015 alone, when the group resumed its armed campaign against the country.

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