Türkiye captures Greek-trained PKK suspect – interior minister

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The PKK terror group suspect, codenamed “Delil”, was trained in Greece’s Lavrion camp and planned to attack Turkish towns, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Turkish authorities accuse Greece of harboring PKK and FETO terrorist organizations and giving space to carry out anti-Türkiye operations from their territories. (TRT Haber)

Istanbul police have captured a terrorist suspect trained in Greece.

The suspect, identified as Husametin Tanrikulu with the code name “Delil”, had received training at the Greek camp of Lavrion and was planning armed and bomb attacks in metropolitan cities on the instructions of the PKK/KCK terrorist group, said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Sunday. .

Soylu said on Twitter that the suspect was arrested by Istanbul and Diyarbakir police.

Turkish authorities accuse Greece of harboring PKK and FETO terrorist organizations and giving space to carry out anti-Türkiye operations from their territories.

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Terrorist presence in Greece

Earlier in June, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar referred to the PKK and FETO presence in the Lavrion (Laurium) refugee camp near Athens, which was exposed as a propaganda base and training for terrorists in footage from a private Greek broadcaster.

As Ankara is in an intense battle against terrorism, it goes against the nature of the NATO alliance for Greece to “offer room for the PKK and FETO”, Akar said.

A Turkish Foreign Ministry official criticized Greek authorities in early August for building their governance structure on anti-Türkiye rhetoric.

“Athens is in a toxic and safe haven state with the presence of DHKP-C, PKK and FETO terrorists. All their locations are known,” the official said, in response to a question about the Lavrion (Laurium) refugee camp near the Greek capital.

In its more than 35-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its US-based leader, Fetullah Gulen, orchestrated the defeated July 15, 2016 coup that left 251 people dead and 2,734 injured.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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