Two suspected DHKP-C members arrested by London Metropolitan Police

Published 06.04.2016 00:00
Updated 06.04.2016 11:46

Two suspected members of the DHKP-C organization have been arrested in London on terrorism charges.

The duo-a 49-year-old man and a woman, aged 45-were arrested at a property in north London on suspicion of disseminating a terrorist publication and supporting a proscribed organization, a statement from the London Metropolitan Police on Wednesday read.

The DHKP-C, whose Turkish initials stand for the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, is an outlawed ultra-left group listed as a terrorist organization by Britain, the EU and the United States.

It has participated in a number of terror attacks in Turkey, including a suicide bombing at the U.S. embassy in Ankara in February 2013 which claimed the life of a Turkish security guard.

The group was also behind the killing of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz at a courthouse in Istanbul in March 2015.

The Metropolitan Police statement said the man and woman were being held at a police station in south London pending further enquiries.

Officers were searching properties in north and east London on Wednesday morning in connection with the investigation.

The statement added: "The arrests are linked to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party DHKP-C, a proscribed organization, and are in relation to the distribution of a magazine believed to glorify acts of terrorism in Turkey, and inviting support for a proscribed organization."

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