Italy arrests man linked to Turkish radicals

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Protesters from outlawed leftist group DHKP-C march in central Istanbul. Photo: Mustafa Ozer/AFP
08:37 CEST+02:00
Italian police have arrested a Turkish national allegedly linked to a ultra-leftist group blamed for two recent deadly shootouts in Istanbul, the Agi news agency reported on Monday.

Turkey had been seeking his extradition for an attack on a bank in Ankara in 1995.

The man, believed to be a member of Turkey's outlawed Marxist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party Front (DHKP-C), was arrested in Mestre, a port on the Adriatic Sea close to Venice, Agi said.

He is also accused of acting as a recruiter for DHKP-C, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

The Italian authorities must now decide on whether to allow his extradition to Turkey.

A bloody hostage standoff between the radical DHKP-C group and security forces left a top Istanbul prosecutor dead on Tuesday.

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A day later, an armed woman linked to DHKP-C was killed by police as she tried to storm the city's police headquarters.

The Turkish authorities have rounded up over 30 suspected members of the organization since then.

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