Turkey detains nearly 200 pro-Kurdish party officials: media

Police stand guard outside the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, in AnkaraTurkish police detained nearly 200 pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials on Monday over alleged links to Kurdish militants after deadly twin weekend blasts claimed by a radical Kurdish group. The raids saw 198 HDP officials rounded up on suspicion of belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or producing propaganda for the group, state news agency Anadolu said. Part of an anti-terror probe, the sweeping arrest operation came after weekend attacks killed 44 people in Istanbul, mostly police, which were claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), seen as a radical offshoot of the PKK.

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