Drone used by PKK found in southeast Turkey

Drone used by PKK found in southeast Turkey

Drone used by PKK found in southeast Turkey

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Turkish security forces have found a drone used by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, during a search conducted as part of post-curfew operations in the southeastern town of Silopi, private broadcaster CNNTürk has reported.

The curfew imposed on Silopi, a district in the Şırnak province, back on Dec. 14 last year was partially lifted on Jan. 19.

The drone found in Silopi was identified as a Puma RQ-20, with unremovable wings.

Meanwhile, Istanbul police detained at least 31 people suspected of financially supporting the PKK early on Jan. 21.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that the Istanbul Police Department’s anti-terror branch, backed by helicopters, raided 36 addresses across 22 districts of the city, including the suburbs of Kağıthane and Esenyurt, in simultaneous operations.

According to the police, those detained are suspected of collecting money from smugglers and gamblers to transfer to the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the EU.

Police said 60,000 Turkish Liras in cash (around $20,000), a check amounting to 1.25 million liras ($410,226), an unregistered pump-rifle, and organizational documents were seized during the operations.

Police said two other people were detained in the western province of Kocaeli and the eastern province of Muş in relation to the Jan. 21 Istanbul raids.