Turkey detains female PKK militant at Istanbul airport

The woman was earlier photographed next to one of the PKK's top leaders in Iraq, says report

Afp September 08, 2016
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters stand in formation in northern Iraq. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL: Turkish security forces on Thursday detained a female militant member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) at Istanbul airport on suspicion of planning an attack in the city, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The woman, identified as Ebru Firat, was detained following a tip-off after she flew into the city's Ataturk airport, the agency said.

It said the woman, whose code name was "Amara", could have come to the city to stage an attack. The agency said the woman had in the past been photographed next to Murat Karayilan, one of the PKK's top leaders in northern Iraq.

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The pro-government Sabah daily said Firat had been detained after arriving on a flight from Diyarbakir in the Kurdish-dominated southeast and had been planning a suicide bombing in Istanbul.

The PKK has killed hundreds of members of the Turkish security forces mainly in the southeast of the country since a ceasefire disintegrated last year.

And a splinter group of the PKK, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), has claimed two car bomb attacks in Ankara and one in Istanbul this year that left dozens dead.

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Over 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK first took up arms in 1984 with the aim of carving out an independent state for Turkey's Kurdish minority.

It is proscribed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.


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