Turkish police detain six suspects in Istanbul anti-terror operation

Published March 9th, 2016 - 11:30 GMT
Turkish police are seen in Istanbul. (AFP/File)
Turkish police are seen in Istanbul. (AFP/File)

At least six suspects have been detained in an anti-terror operation in Istanbul early on Wednesday.

Anti-terror police raided a four-story property reportedly linked to the youth wing of an leftist militant organization which has been behind a series and gun and bomb attacks in Turkey.

The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C)-linked address was in Istanbul’s Okmeydani neighborhood, police said.

Riot police, backed by helicopter, water cannon and supported by the fire department, conducted the operation.

Earlier in March, two Turkish police officers were injured in a gun-and-grenade attack in the city’s Bayrampasa district. Two female assailants, both said to be members of the DHKP-C, were later "neutralized" in a follow-up operation.

The group has carried out a number of attacks in Turkey, including a suicide bombing on the 2013 U.S. embassy in Ankara and an attack targeting the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul last year.

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