Turkish police detain Kurdish politicians in Istanbul dawn raids

Turkish police detained a total of 31 politicians and other public figures involved with Kurdish political groups in dawn raids in Istanbul on Wednesday, pro-government Habertürk newspaper said.

The newspaper reported state news agency Anadolu as saying that the group were planning a terrorist attack in the name of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The police are still looking for a further 12 suspects, Habertürk said.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Central Committee member Can Memiş, at least two party council members and other administrators for the party and the linked group Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) were reported by journalist Hayri Tunç as having been detained.

On Monday, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said there had been 449 detentions and 34 official arrests of social media users on charges of terrorist propaganda in relation to the Afrin operation since it began on Jan. 20.