Greece arrests three Turkish citizens for "terrorism"

Three Turkish citizens have been arrested in Athens on suspicion of belonging to a "terrorist" group, Greek authorities said on Saturday.

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 28, 2014, 17:41 PM IST

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.