Greek police detain 9 over links to outlawed Turkish group

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Greek anti-terrorist police inspect the site after they raided three houses in the Kallithea and Neos Kosmos districts and found explosives and wires which could be attached to detonators in Athens, Greece on November 28, 2017. Nine people of Turkish origin were arrested on alleged links to far-left DHKP-C terror group in Athens on Tuesday morning in counterterrorism raids. Ayhan Mehmet / Anadolu Agency

Greek security services on Tuesday raided three Athens apartments and found bomb-making equipment, and detained nine people on suspected links to the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), which has been outlawed in Turkey, ahead of an anticipated visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Reuters reported.

“So far nine people have been detained. They are Afghans and Kurds based on their identity papers. Police found jars containing unspecified explosive material and cables to connect to detonators and laptops,” a police official told Reuters.

According to the report, a second police official confirmed that authorities were probing links to the DHKP/C, an outlawed group blamed for a string of attacks and suicide bombings in Turkey since 1990.

Eight men and a woman were being questioned after the early-morning sweep by anti-terror police at three addresses in two Athens neighborhoods.

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