2 people with terrorist links detained after trying to force way into Turkish parliament

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Two people allegedly linked to an outlawed group were detained in the entrance hall of the Turkish parliament on Tuesday after attacking a staff member and security personnel, the Hürriyet Daily News reported.

A woman and a man who claimed to have an appointment with an opposition lawmaker were denied entry after a security check revealed that a warrant had been issued for the woman on accusations of libel, according to a statement released by the parliament.

They tried to take a staff member hostage and were ultimately detained by the police.

“The incident is not linked with the lawmaker mentioned by the suspects,” Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop told reporters, referring to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Mahmut Tanal.

The interrogation of the suspects at the Ankara police department will last four days, a statement by the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara said on Wednesday.

Local media reported that sharp objects as well as a fake bomb setup were seized from the suspects during their detention.

Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun claimed that background checks revealed their ties to the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

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