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Greek police: 4 Turks charged with terror offenses

February 11, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Four Turkish men arrested in Athens were charged Tuesday with terrorism-related offenses. Greek police said one of them is also wanted by Turkish authorities for allegedly participating in a terrorist organization.

The four, aged from 25 to 49, were arrested Monday after a raid on an Athens apartment uncovered weapons, explosives, detonators and berets bearing the emblem of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C.

Originally founded in the late 1970s as Dev Sol, the Marxist-Leninist DHKP-C has been deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. It is believed responsible for a string of assassinations and bombings in Turkey, including a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara last year.

A Greek police statement said the 49-year-old suspect, who was not named, was wanted in Turkey for membership in the terror group and efforts were being made to better identify the other three suspects. Police also said the same suspect’s DNA matched traces on weapons intercepted by Greek authorities in the Aegean Sea last summer on a speedboat allegedly headed for Turkey.

Five Turks — three of whom are wanted by Turkey for alleged DHKP-C participation — and three Greeks were arrested over that arms shipment.

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