Turkey: 928 detained in operations targeting arms smuggling and illegal firearm possession
Over 900 people were detained across Turkey in police operations targeting arms smugglers and holders of illegal arms, Turkish interior minister Ali Yerlikaya announced on Tuesday.
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A total of 928 suspects in 64 provinces were taken into custody, as 744 illegally possessed handguns and 98 shotguns and hunting rifles were seized, the minister said.
About a quarter of the suspects were detained in Istanbul, 73 in the southern province of Adana, 65 in the western province of Izmir, 35 in the southern province of Mersin and 32 in Ankara.
While only one suspect was detained on suspicion of arms smuggling, the rest were detained for illegal possession.