Over 130 detained for suspected links to outlawed PKK  

Turkish authorities on Saturday detained 137 people in a two-day nation-wide operation aimed at the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Held on the fourth anniversary of the Kobani protests that killed and wounded dozens of people across the country, the operation was conducted in 13 provinces against possible attacks from the PKK, an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for over three decades, the agency quoted the Interior Ministry as saying.

The Islamic State besieged the mainly Kurdish city of Kobani in late 2014, which led to 45,000 refugees crossing into Turkey. A number of refugees were stopped at the border and ordered to return to Kobani by Turkish authorities. The Kobani protests between Oct. 6-7, 2014, were a reaction by Turkey’s Kurdish citizens’ demanding the government step up to protect Kobani and its population.

Eight soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device in southeastern Turkey in a PKK attack on Oct. 4.

More than 40,000 people, most of them Kurds, have been killed in fighting between Turkish security forces and the PKK, which began its armed campaign in 1984.