Terror bomb planners held, Turkey claims

Frederick Owens
July 15, 2017

Deputy Caglar Demirel was given 7.5 years of prison sentence while another HDP deputy, Abdullah Zeydan was sentenced to 8 years and 1 month in jail, on Friday. Prosecutors said he was a PKK militant in Germany for 30 months, executing orders from the outlawed group on fundraising, propaganda and recruitment.

The Turkish government has accused the HDP of being linked to the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA, and the EU.

Germany in April reported a sharp rise in politically motivated crimes by foreigners including jihadists and Kurdish militants previous year. A total of 3,372 such cases were recorded, up 66.5 percent from 2015.

The architects of two suicide bomb attacks in Istanbul previous year were among 44 suspects detained by Turkish police in anti-terrorist operations, the city's governor Vasip Sahin said.

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The detained also include two suspects who planned two Istanbul attacks past year, said Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin.

Another suspect arrested was identified as the organiser of an attack against a police bus in July 2016, which left 11 people dead and 36 wounded; both police and civilians were targeted in the attack. After tracking Gülşen B., intelligence teams reached Zozan K., who planned the attack in Beşiktaş.

The governor of Istanbul, Vasip Sahin, said that the anti-terrorist operations against Kurdish militants and the subsequent arrests have saved the city from further "serious and sensational attacks".

In the past week, five soldiers were killed and 15 others were injured in PKK terror attacks, the statement added. Raids were carried out in several districts of Istanbul to find the aforementioned explosives and police confiscated explosives, rifles, weapons and plenty of documents linked to the PKK.

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