SIRNAK, Turkey

A total of 20 suspects were arrested in a southeastern province of Turkey for their alleged links to the PKK/KCK terror group, according to security sources on Tuesday.

Public Prosecutor’s Office in Sirnak launched an operation to arrest the members of the terrorist organization PKK/KCK, said the governor’s office in a statement.

The terror suspects were accused of operating within the terror group’s so-called “constituent assembly of democratic autonomy” — the strategic goal of the terrorist organization PKK/KCK — and DTK (Democratic Society Congress) — the so-called legislative body that forms its parliamentary structure.

In the operation, 20 terror suspects, including so-called former co-chairs, were detained.

At least three shotguns, various digital materials, and organizational documents were seized in the searches under the operation.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

* Writing by Havva Kara Aydin in Ankara

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