Europol, the police authority of Europe, said in its latest report that crimes by the PKK terrorists increased in the last year, as “an act of vengeance” for Turkey’s counter-terror operation in Syria’s Afrin, Serekaniye and Tal Abyad regions.
The European police authority announced that the PKK terrorists have ramped up crimes against Turkish facilities in Germany.
“In Germany, there was a significant rise in the number of offences against Turkish facilities (associations, mosques, shops, etc.),” Europol said in the Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2019 released on its website.
The report pointed out that the attacks in Germany were carried out “as an act of vengeance” for Turkey’s counterterror operation in Afrin, Syria and highlighted the solidarity between the far left-wing and the PKK terror group.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organisation by the US and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.
Also touching on the funding of the terrorists, the report added, “Terrorists continued using non-profit organisations to raise funds for terrorist purposes from Muslim communities.”
The report also added that PKK terrorists and their supporters collect money in Europe from membership fees, the sale of publications and annual fundraising campaigns.
The PKK also provides “logistical and financial support” to its offshoot, YPG/PYD, in Syria, according to the report.
It also noted that the PKK members were involved in organised crimes, drug smuggling and trade, migrant trafficking and money laundering.