Turkish police rescues teenager kidnapped by DHKP-C militants

A teenager kidnapped by outlawed DHKP-C militants was rescued by Istanbul police in Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Istanbul police has rescued a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped by the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

DHKP-C is listed as an extremist leftist terror organisation by Turkey for launching several attacks targeting consulates, political parties, police offices and business people.

The police gave the unharmed boy to his family and detained nine people inside the building who are suspicious of being a member of DHKP-C and kidnapping a child.

DHKP-C militants killed a Turkish senior prosecutor at Istanbul’s courthouse on March 31 and attempted a suicide bombing attack on the headquarters of the Turkish National Police Department of Istanbul the next day.

Turkish police launched operations against DHKP-C militants across the country after the murder of the prosecutor and detained 24 people suspected of being members of the organisation, seizing a hoard of pistols and shotguns in several districts of Istanbul.

DHKP-C claimed a suicide bombing attack on the U.S 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.

Meanwhile, German government banned a magazine of DHKP-C named ‘Yuruyus’ which has been publishing and making propaganda of the organisation in Germany.

“We can not allow a media organ encouraging violence, armed struggle and suicide attacks to freely broadcast,” the Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Germany recognised DHKP-C as a terrorist organisation in 1998.

TRTWorld and agencies