Thursday 30 March 2017

Dozens detained in Turkey anti-terror operations

Flowers left by local people at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey (AP)
Flowers left by local people at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey (AP)

At least 47 suspects have been detained in operations across Turkey following the deadly suicide bomb attack in Ankara, the state -run Anadolu Agency has said.

In Istanbul, police backed by helicopters arrested at least 20 people suspected of having links to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The agency said Istanbul's anti-terrorism directorate said there were lawyers among those detained.

Wednesday's raids come after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would "redefine" terrorism and terrorists so that legal action can be expanded against anyone supporting terrorism including legislators, academics and journalists.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday, which killed 37 people.

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