Greece arrests three Turkish citizens for "terrorism"

Greece arrests three Turkish citizens for "terrorism"
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ATHENS - Three Turkish citizens have been arrested in Athens on suspicion of belonging to a "terrorist" group, Greek authorities said on Saturday.

Two women and a man were detained in a police operation at three different locations in the centre of Athens on Friday.

Greek media said all three are believed to be Kurdish members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C), a Turkish radical Marxist organisation considered a terrorist group by the EU, Turkey and the United States.

The youngest of the three, a 24-year-old woman, was wanted by Greek authorities as part of an investigation into the interception of an inflatable boat laden with ammunition near the shores of Chios, a Greek island near the Turkish coast, in July 2013, police said in a statement. She was also the subject of an Interpol international arrest warrant.

A 48-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man arrested in the same operation face charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation, the statement said.

In February 2013, the DHKR-C claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in front of the US embassy in Ankara.

Four more suspected members of the group were arrested in Greece in February after Greek anti-terrorist officers raided an apartment in the central Athens neighbourhood of Gyzi, where a large cache of weapons was found.

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