One dead as anti-terror police swoop in Istanbul

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SHAFAQNA - One person has died in a city-wide wave of anti-terror operations being carried out by Istanbul police.

Thousands of anti-terrorism officers launched simultaneous raids on different illegal organizations across 26 districts of Istanbul, early on Friday morning.

One woman – reportedly a member of the outlawed far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) – was killed in the city’s Bagcilar district.

Police were preparing to raid an address when they were fired upon from inside the building.

The woman was killed after a short exchange of fire, and her gun was seized.

Almost 5,000 police, including 2,000 riot-squad officers, raided addresses in districts including Bagcilar, Kucukcekmece, Basaksehir, Eyup, Sultangazi, Gaziosmanpasa, Sariyer, Kagithane and Beyoglu.

During the operations, which were supported by special operation teams and police helicopters, 140 locations were raided.

Many suspects – thought to be linked to groups like ISIL, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its youth wing, plus the DHKP-C – were detained.

Operations are continuing across the city.

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