Turkey detains nine more officials of pro-Kurdish party: Officials

The nine officials included provincial and district heads of pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party.

By: Reuters | Ankara | Published:November 5, 2016 4:31 pm
turkey, Turkish soldiers, Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK militants, Turkey PKK militants, Kurds, Kurdish southeast, world news DP co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were arrested on Friday as part of a terrorism investigation. Representational image. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkish authorities detained nine officials from the country’s main pro-Kurdish opposition party on Saturday, a party official said, a day after the party’s leaders were formally arrested.

The nine officials included the provincial and district heads of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the southeastern province of Adana, the official said.

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HDP co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were arrested on Friday as part of a terrorism investigation, prompting strong international condemnation of a widening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.