Turkey Detains Leftist Militants Suspected of Devising Attack

Police seize weapons and explosives from members of outlawed group.

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People hold German, French and British national flags in front of the makeshift memorial for victims of the deadly attack at Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, January 14, 2016.
People hold German, French and British national flags in front of the makeshift memorial for victims of the deadly attack at Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, January 14, 2016.Credit: AFP
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Turkish police say they have detained two members of a banned far-left group who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks in the country.

A police statement said that the suspects are members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front, or DHKP-C, and include a man who is wanted for the 1996 assassination of a prominent businessman in Istanbul. Police seized weapons and explosives, it said.

The two were arrested Tuesday at the town of Soke near the Aegean coast and are believed to have crossed into Turkey illegally from one of the Greek islands.

DHKP-C, among other attacks, carried out a 2013 suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy that killed a security guard. DHKP-C militants also opened fire on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul last year. No one was hurt.

Last month, a suicide bomber killed 10 people in Istanbul's historic heart, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State. 

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