Turkish police detain 450 over suspected PKK links

Turkish security forces detained 450 over suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday, citing an announcement by the Interior Ministry.

Operations took place in a total of 37 provinces across Turkey between Feb. 11-15, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, security forces found long-barrelled guns, hunting rifles, heavy weapon ammunition, handguns, other various ammunition, as well as mines and improvised explosive devices during the operations.

The PKK is an armed group that has been fighting for self-rule inside Turkey for more than 30 years where over 40,000 people have lost their lives during the ongoing conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state.