Germany arrests Turkish terror suspect

2011-07-14 19:39

Berlin - German authorities say they have arrested a Turkish man on charges he was a member of a banned leftist group that seeks armed struggle against the Turkish government.

The federal prosecutors' office said on Thursday that 37-year-old Erol G, whose last name wasn't released in accordance with German privacy laws, was arrested by Cologne police on Wednesday.

He's accused of being a member since at least early 2007 of the Turkish Marxist terrorist organisation DHKP-C. In addition to raising funds for the group, prosecutors say he distributed propaganda material for it.

DHKP-C is listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union. It has claimed responsibility for a number of assassinations and bombings in Turkey since the 1970s.

- AP
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