German police arrest PKK suspect in Berlin

Published 21.07.2017 00:00

German police have arrested a 56-year-old PKK suspect in Berlin, allegedly responsible for financial tasks inside the terror group, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

A statement released by the prosecutor's office in Celle, Lower Saxony, revealed that the man identified only as Zahir A. - a Turkish national - was held on Tuesday on an arrest warrant issued in late April.

The prosecutor claimed the suspect was regulating organizational, financial, personnel and propagandistic matters for the terror group on a regional basis in Salzgitter between March 2014 and June 2015.

The suspect was part of the European Kurdish Democratic Societies, which is the PKK's Europe structure, the statement added.

Prosecutors said the group, with its military-structured units, is targeting security institutions and civilians in Turkey while "their members in Germany and other countries of Western Europe are primarily responsible for raising funds for the organization and for recruiting young guerrillas."

The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU - resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015.

Since then, more than 1,200 victims, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives.

Senior PKK terrorist with TL 1M on his head killedSeven members of the PKK were killed by Turkish security forces in an air-supported operation in eastern Turkey's Kars province on July 6.

Kars governor Rahmi Doğan noted that, among them, Ferit Polat, code named as "Taylan," who was in the "green category" of the most wanted terrorist list with TL 1 million ($280,000) on his head was killed.

The Interior Ministry's list is divided into five color-coded categories with red designated as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and grey.

"The operation was conducted after detecting some terrorist positions in the Kağızman district of Kars. Ferit Polat was among the dead who was the PKK head in Turkey's Kars-Erzurum-Iğdır provinces in the northeastern region," Doğan said.

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