Turkey arrests 10 people over planned PKK attacks in Istanbul

Turkish authorities arrested 10 people after receiving information on attacks planned by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members in Istanbul, pro-government newspaper Sabah reported on Wednesday.

The police carried out simultaneous raids at 24 different addresses last week after being tipped off that PKK members had been planning to target state officials in attacks. 

Some 22 people detained in the raids were transferred to the judicial authorities on Monday, Sabah said. A Turkish court ruled to continue the pre-trial detention of 10 people and released 11 on bail, while one of the detainees was released by the prosecutors after giving their testimony, Sabah said. 

The Turkish government has been preparing for a military offensive against Kurdish-controlled territories in northern Syria. 

Turkey sees the Syrian Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) as an offshoot of the PKK, an armed group which has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish-populated southeast for more than three decades.