Over 3,500 detained in nationwide safety operation in Turkey

Over 3,500 detained in nationwide safety operation in Turkey

ANKARA
Over 3,500 detained in nationwide safety operation in Turkey

Turkish police, gendarmerie and coast guard units conducted a "safety and peace" operation across Turkey, the Interior Ministry said in a written statement on Feb. 17.

Security forces detained at least 3,673 people on Feb. 16, the statement read.

Over 58,500 security personnel and 235 sniffer dogs were involved in the operation at 4,623 locations across the country.

Around 147,600 vehicles and over 18,600 public workplaces were inspected during the operation.

Within the scope of operation, at least 94 missing people, including four children, were found, the statement added.

As a result of the operation, 13 workplaces were closed, over 220 missing vehicles were found and 944 vehicles were banned from traffic, the ministry said. 

Shopping malls, entertainment centers, exhibitions, surroundings of public buildings, boulevards and streets, piers and ports, bus stations and terminal entrances were among the key spots inspected by security teams during the operation.

Turkey, nationwide operation, Interior Ministry