MARDIN, Turkey

Twenty-nine suspects were arrested in southeastern Mardin province for alleged ties with the PKK terror group, which has killed tens of thousands in its bloody campaign against Turkey for decades.

Counter-terrorism operations were launched in a bid to identify individuals who conducted activities for the terror group, linked to car bombings and were mentioned in previously confiscated documents, according to a statement by the provincial security directorate,

The suspects were arrested following simultaneous operations. Several rifles, magazines, unlicensed shotguns along with organizational documents and digital material were seized at different locations.

The suspects were referred to police headquarter in the province.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

*Writing by Ali Murat Alhas

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