Ankara, Turkey Earthquake : Turkish authorities on Saturday have arrested 48 people for looting after Turkey hit earthquake, state media reported.
The suspects were arrested in eight provinces of the region as part of investigation . At least 42 were arrested in southern Hatay province alone, news agency Anadolu said.
The security teams retrieved 11,000 US dollars, 70,000 Turkish life, 20 cellphones, eight laptops, five appliances, jewellery and bank cards belonging to different people.
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More Than 25,000 People Killed after Turkey Earthquake
The tremor and its aftershocks killed more than 25,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a three-month state of emergency in the 10 provinces in southeastern Turkey impacted by the tremor.
Prosecutors can now detain people for an extra three days from four days previously for looting crimes as part of extended powers under the state of emergency, according to a decree published in the official gazette Saturday.
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Turkey Earthquake : Security Team to Crack Down on Looters
Erdogan earlier Saturday promised Turkey would crack down on looters.
“We’ve announced a state of emergency,” he said during a visit to the quake-affected province of Diyarbakir.
“This means that, from now on, people involved in looting or kidnapping should know that the state’s firm hand is on their backs,” Erdogan said.
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