Turkish police arrest 15 far-left terror suspects

Istanbul-based operations conducted in five provinces target DHKP-C terrorist group

Turkish police arrest 15 far-left terror suspects

By Cankut Tasdan, Sertac Bulur and Halil Demir


Turkish police on Tuesday arrested 15 lawyers over alleged links to the far-left DHKP-C terrorist group, a police source said.

Anti-terror operations were carried out across five provinces including capital Ankara as part of an investigation launched by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's office, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Eleven lawyers were arrested in Istanbul and four others in Ankara.

The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, is responsible for a number of terror attacks in Turkey including the 2013 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, which left a Turkish security guard dead and a Turkish journalist injured.

The far-left group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

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