08:04 GMT26 February 2021
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    Police in Turkey have detained the mayor of the eastern city of Van, Bekir Kaya.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Search operations are underway in the office of Kaya, a member of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), local DHA news service reported Thursday.

    Kaya had previously served a sentence for links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK), which Turkey designates as a terrorist group.

    Tensions between Ankara and the PKK escalated in July 2015 when a ceasefire between the sides collapsed over a series of terror attacks allegedly committed by the PKK members.

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    Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Van, Turkey
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