London police arrest two suspected DHKP-C militants on terrorism charges

Special armed police forces patrol near the Old Bailey court in London, Monday, March 14, 2016.
Special armed police forces patrol near the Old Bailey court in London, Monday, March 14, 2016.

Two suspected members of the DHKP-C organisation have been arrested in London on terrorism charges.

The two suspects – a 49-year-old man and a woman, aged 45 – were arrested at a property in north London on suspicion of disseminating a terrorist publication and supporting a proscribed organisation, a statement from the London Metropolitan Police on Wednesday read.

The DHKP-C is an outlawed ultra-left group listed as a terrorist organisation by Britain, the EU and the United States.

It has participated in a number of terror attacks in Turkey, including a suicide bombing at the US embassy in Ankara in February 2013, which claimed the life of a Turkish security guard.

The group was also behind the killing of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz at a courthouse in Istanbul in March 2015.

The Metropolitan Police statement said the man and woman were being held at a police station in south London pending further enquiries.

Officers were searching properties in north and east London on Wednesday morning in connection with the investigation.

The statement added: "The arrests are linked to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party DHKP-C, a proscribed organisation, and are in relation to the distribution of a magazine believed to glorify acts of terrorism in Turkey and inviting support for a proscribed organisation."

Source: TRT World