UPDATE - Turkish court remands in custody 2 suspected terrorists

UPDATE - Turkish court remands in custody 2 suspected terrorists

Another 2 FETO terror suspects caught in restricted military zone in border district of northwestern Edirne province


By Hakan Mehmet Sahin

EDIRNE, Turkey (AA) - A Turkish court on Tuesday remanded in custody a PKK terror suspect and an alleged member of the far-left DHKP-C terror group, judicial sources said.

The suspects – identified only by the initials S.B. and Z.Y. – were nabbed last week while trying to escape to Greece from Turkey's northwestern Edirne province.

They were caught in a restricted military zone in the Meric district of Edirne, near the Turkish-Greek border.

Their statements were recorded in the provincial prosecutor's office before they were taken to the Uzunkopru Courthouse.

The DHKP-C is responsible for numerous terror attacks in Turkey including the 2013 attack on the US Embassy in Ankara, which left a Turkish security guard dead and a Turkish journalist injured.

The far-left group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

Also, a former commissioner of audit with alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) – the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey – and his spouse were held while trying to flee to Greece, a security source said.

The security forces nabbed the suspects in a restricted military zone near the village of Adasarhanli in the Meric district, said the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 which left 251 people dead and 2,734 injured.

Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

*Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankara

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