Turkish police announced on Thursday that two members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) planning to carry out attacks targeting consulates, police, political parties, foreign companies and businesspeople were arrested.
The suspects were captured at a bus stop in Yenibosna, a district on Istanbul's European side, on April 13, according to a statement by police. Turkish media reported that the men were in possession of "digitally stored" information regarding their targets.
DHKP-C, designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, was behind the suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Ankara two years ago that killed a Turkish security guard.
The terrorist organization last hit the headlines with the killing of a prosecutor at a courthouse in Istanbul and a foiled suicide bombing attempt at headquarters of Turkish National Police in Istanbul last month.
Following the murder of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz by two terrorists who held him hostage for hours in his courthouse room, Turkish police launched operations against DHKP-C members across the country. Dozens of suspects were detained in Istanbul and other cities. A cache of pistols and shotguns were seized in the raids in Istanbul's various districts.
The terrorist organization pursues an anti-American, far-left ideology, and apart from the embassy bombing, it has targeted U.S. and NATO facilities, as well as diplomatic missions in a series of attacks in the 1990s. During the Gulf War in 1991, the organization claimed responsibility for the killing of two U.S. soldiers in Turkey.
Founded in 1994, the DHKP-C is responsible for a string of attacks targeting Turkish security forces and American elements in Turkey. Splintered from a radical armed faction that was behind a series of high-profile assassinations, DHKP-C has stepped up its attacks in recent years.
Prior to the courthouse shooting, the DHKP-C had claimed responsibility for attacks on police in Istanbul earlier this year.
The DHKP-C also claimed responsibility for non-lethal rocket attacks targeting the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarters, the Turkish National Police headquarters and a Justice Ministry building in Ankara in 2013.