A dozen suspected militants have been remanded in custody following anti-terror raids across Istanbul early on Tuesday morning, police said.
Of 23 suspects arrested in the raids, police earlier identified three as being linked to the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
Later, 10 were identified as suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) while eight are accused of being Daesh extremists. The remaining two are said to belong to the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLK-P).
The raids on 13 addresses in Istanbul’s Sultangazi, Gaziosmanpasa and Bagcilar neighborhoods were backed by helicopters and saw firearms, fireworks, petrol bombs and documents seized, police said.
Aside from the 12 detained by an Istanbul court, four were released, two sent to be deported and the other five are still being processed.
Police said all the suspects had been preparing to carry out an unspecified mission when they were arrested. Further arrests are expected, according to police.
All four groups are designated terrorist organizations in Turkey.