A member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) was killed in a shootout with police during a raid yesterday. Two others were detained in the raid in Istanbul's Sarıyer district.
The suspects were wanted for the murder of a man last May. The deceased terrorist was identified with his initials İ.D.T. He had an arrest warrant issued and was detained in the past on terror charges.
The DHKP-C, although less influential in Turkey than other terrorist organizations such as the PKK, still presents a considerable threat to the country. Founded in 1978, the militant group was most active during the Cold War era, but it has revived activities and attacks in recent years.
The group was behind a suicide bombing that targeted the United States Embassy in Ankara in 2013. Also, in August 2015, two suspected DHKP-C members opened fire on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul and fled when police returned fire. The DHKP-C also claimed responsibility for non-lethal rocket attacks targeting the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarters, the National Police headquarters and a Justice Ministry building in Ankara in 2013.
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