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Turkey detain leftist militants suspected of planning attack


Ankara: Turkish police say they have detained two members of a banned far-left group who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks in the country.

A police statement said that the suspects are members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front, or DHKP-C, and include a man who is wanted for the 1996 assassination of a prominent businessman in Istanbul. Police seized weapons and explosives, it said.

The two were arrested today at the town of Soke near the Aegean coast and are believed to have crossed into Turkey illegally from one of the Greek islands.

DHKP-C, among other attacks, carried out a 2013 suicide bombing on the US Embassy that killed a security guard. DHKP-C militants also opened fire on the US Consulate in Istanbul last year. No one was hurt.

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