Turkish police detain 641 over suspected PKK links

Turkish police has detained 641 people over the last 48 hours over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Diken news site reported on Saturday, citing the Interior Ministry.

Operations were carried out across 42 provinces to capture the suspects in coordination with chief prosecutor's offices across the country, it said.

Police found a large number of guns, rifles, and  cartridges and ammunition clips belonging to the weapons, as well as well as organisational documents and digital materials during the raids.

The PKK is an armed group, which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for almost four decades.

The group is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Some 75,453 people have been detained in Turkey in the last five years on terrorism charges, 19,018 of whom were arrested and imprisoned.