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Internal Security Update (16-23 April 2018)

In the week of 16-23 April 2018, within the framework of domestic security operations over the past week, around Turkey, Gendarmerie Special Operations (JOH), Police Special Operations (POH) and Gendarmerie Commando Forces together with Turkish Armed Forces air and land units performed 1.383 operations, wherein 4.335 persons have been detained of which, 722 persons for aiding and abetting members of terrorist organizations or for being connected with terror organizations (PKK/KCK 131, radical left 12, DEAS 47, FETO 532), 3.525 persons in connection with narcotics and smuggling and 88 in the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration.

Also within the scope of these operations over the past week, a total of 42 terrorists, were neutralized (18 killed, 10 captured alive, 14 have surrendered).

34 caves, shelters, storage and other positions were rendered unusable and explosives, weapons, ammunitions and other materials were confiscated during the operations in 7 provinces, namely Bingol, Diyarbakir, Hakkari, Mardin, Tunceli, Sirnak and Van

53 weapons of which 43 are heavy (2 Rocket, 26 Kalashnikoff, 3 Dragunov, 10 M-16, 2 Bixi ) were confiscated along with following materials:

  • 39 Hand-grenades
  • 033 rounds of various calibre ammunition
  • 19 handmade mines

In the fight against narcotics, drugs and smuggling activities during 2.697 operations the following were confiscated:

►    643 kg Marijuana,

►    333 kg Heroin

►    0,2 kg Cocaine

►    42,3 kg Synthetic Cannabinoid Substance

►    7 kg Methamphetamine,

►    122.121Narcotic pills,

►    53.221 roots of Cannabis

In addition, below items were also confiscated in these operations,

► 486.256 illegal cigarettes

► 49.546 litres of illegal fuel

3.525 suspects were detained.

During cyber crime prevention activities; investigation into 710 social media accounts were made for terror and terrorist organization propaganda, hate speech and hostility towards individuals, insulting senior members of state, attacking the integrity and sovereignty of the state and threat to public, out of which 208  people were identified and judicial procedures have been initiated.

WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMBATING ILLEGAL MIGRATION; 9.062 illegal migrants, out of which 350 were at sea, were caught and 88 organizers of human trafficking and illegal migrants were detained.

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