6 suspected DHKP-C terrorists arrested in Turkey

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2 March 2019

Appearing in court on Saturday, six accused DHKP-C terrorists were formally arrested after their capture in Istanbul earlier this week, according to security sources, ONA reports citing Anadolu agency.

On Tuesday, counter-terrorism police captured the suspected terrorists hiding on the top floor of a building in Okmeydani, Istanbul, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C -- listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU -- is responsible for a number of terror attacks in Turkey, including a 2013 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara which martyred a Turkish security guard and the 1996 murder of businessman Ozdemir Sabanci.

Among those arrested were Umit Ilter -- listed on the Interior Ministry's wanted terrorists list -- and Caferi Sadik Eroglu, two alleged top members of the terrorist group.

Charges against the two include establishing and running an armed terrorist group and spreading terrorist propaganda.

Earlier this week, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the DHKP-C had been wiped out in rural areas of Turkey.

"Our fight against terrorism is on and will continue without slowing down," he said.

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