- 17 suspected militants detained by Turkish police in a sweep, in Istanbul on Thursday, that included a raid on offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)
– This occured hours after twin bomb attacks hit the mainly Kurdish southeast.
- Security sources blamed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants for the bombings on Wednesday evening.
-The bombing killed nine civilians; this comes as Turkey is in the midst of a crackdown after a failed military coup attempt on July 15.
- Backed by a helicopter, counter-terror squads raided HDP offices in Istanbul’s central Beyoglu district at 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) as armoured vehicles were deployed nearby.
- The HDP denies direct links with the autonomy-seeking PKK and promotes a negotiated end to the insurgency that has killed 40,000 people, mostly Kurds.
– The PKK is designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.