Four people believed to be members of the far-left Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) were detained in Osmaniye, southern Turkey, Wednesday.
Simultaneous operations were organized at four different addresses by the anti-terrorism unit at the same time. It was reported that a large number of organizational documents and computers were seized.
The crackdown on the militant group came after two gunmen stormed the Istanbul courthouse on March 31, taking hostage and murdering public prosecutor Mehmet Kiraz.
Kiraz, a 46-year-old prosecutor, had been investigating the case of Berkin Elvan, a 14-year-old boy who was critically injured after being hit in the head with a gas canister fired by the police during 2013's Gezi Park protests and died in March 2014 after falling into a coma for 269 days.
After taking Kiraz as a hostage the militants demanded the police officers linked to Berkin Elvan’s death confess in return for the release of the prosecutor.
They also demanded the police officers allegedly responsible for his death to be prosecuted in their self-proclaimed court and that charges against those who participated in riots be dropped within three hours of their demands.
Kiraz had made the most progress in regards to Berkin Elvan’s case, which had previously been assigned to four other prosecutors in the past. Kiraz was the fifth prosecutor.
Only one day after the terrorist attack in the courthouse, the militant group raided Istanbul’s police headquarters, injuring two police officers with one militant dying during the incident.
The group also took responsibility for the suicide bombing which targeted the U.S. embassy in Ankara Feb 1., 2013 which killed one guard and injured multiple American staff members.