Following the car-bomb terrorist attack in İstanbul claiming the 44 lives, the Ministry of Interior Affairs announced on Tuesday that a total of 568 people were detained for alleged ‘terrorist propaganda and involvement in activities on behalf of the terrorist organization,” on Dec. 12-13.

In counter-terrorism operations across 28 provinces of Turkey, the detainees mostly included people from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP).

Some of the detainees are accused of doing terrorist propaganda of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over social media.

Meanwhile, a Diyarbakır court issued a verdict to bring 8 HDP deputy, one of which is already arrested, to testimony in the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trial.

The car-bomb attack in the heart of İstanbul on Saturday evening killed 44 people while wounding over a hundred.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed the responsibility of the attack on Sunday.

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on Dec. 13.

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