Greek police arrest two suspected Turkish extremists

8th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Greek police on Friday said they had arrested two suspected members of a Turkish Marxist rebel group wanted in Germany on charges related to terrorism.

A suspected leader of the extreme left-wing group DHKP-C and one other person were arrested in their homes in the northern city of Thessaloniki, according to a police statement.

Police, who said the two are both Turkish nationals, identified them as Gulsal Gulafarit, 42, and Hussein Pekin, 50, based on phonetic transciptions of their names.

In a statement, police said fake passports were also found in their homes.

They are likely to appear in front Thessaloniki prosecutors Saturday.

The two were grabbed during a night raid on their homes, following suspicions that they were involved in arms trafficking, according to a local police source.

The DHKP-C, which says it wants to install a Marxist regime in Turkey, has been branded a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States. Its attacks have claimed dozens of lives since 1976.

They are believed to have activists based in several European countries, including Germany.

© 2011 AFP

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