Istanbul police launched an operation against far-leftist militant group, the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C) on early hours of Wednesday, detaining over 10 suspects.
DHKP-C is listed as an extremist leftist terror organisation by Turkey for launching several attacks targeting consulates, political parties, police officers and business people.
The operation was conducted at eight different districts of Istanbul that are Kucukcekmece, Sultangazi, Bagcilar, Bahcelievler, Esenyurt, Atasehir and Bakirkoy with the support of riot police, police helicopters and special police forces.
According to police sources, over 10 suspects were detained while a masked group attacked police upon being notified of operation in Sultangazi district.
The detainees including women were taken to Haseki Hospital for medical controls and transferred to Istanbul Police headquarters.
On March 31, ultra-leftist DHKP-C gunmen stormed the Istanbul courthouse, taking hostage and murdering public prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz while another member of the group opened fire at central Istanbul police station on the following day.
A 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped by DHKP-C in May was rescued by Istanbul police.
DHKP-C claimed a suicide bombing attack on the US embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara in 2013, killing a Turkish security guard.
DHKP-C was founded in 1994 and has been responsible for a range of attacks, targeting Turkish security forces and American institutions in Turkey.
The US listed DHKP-C as a terrorist organisation in 1997 while Germany recognised DHKP-C as a terrorist organisation in 1998.