Six suspects detained in raids to outlawed DHKP-C in Tunceli

Turkey’s police detain six suspects in raids to outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C) in southeastern province of Tunceli

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Six suspects were detained on Sunday in concurrent raids carried out against the outlawed  Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C) in Turkey’s southeastern province of Tunceli. 

The police carried out raids at five different houses and Dersim People’s Association, an NGO operating in the region, seizing many documents and hard drives. 

The suspects, who allegedly have ties with the DHKP-C, were taken to police headquarters for questioning. 

On March 31, two ultra-leftist DHKP-C gunmen stormed a courthouse in Istanbul, taking hostage and murdering a public prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, while another member of the group opened fire at central Istanbul police station, the following day. 

The ultra-leftist group was founded in 1994 and has been responsible for a range of attacks, targeting Turkish security forces and American institutions in Turkey.

The DHKP-C entered the US’ and EU’s terror lists after conducting terror attacks on foreign consoles and embassies in Turkey in 1997, followed by Germany in 1998. 

The group took responsibility for the suicide bombing which targeted the US embassy in Ankara on Feb 1, 2013 that killed one guard and injured multiple American staff members. 

TRTWorld and agencies