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Italian police detain terror suspect wanted by Turkey

Italy's anti-terror police detain man wanted by Turkey as suspected recruiter for banned group

Italian police detain terror suspect wanted by Turkey

ROME (AP) -- Italy's interior minister says anti-terrorism police near Venice have detained a Turkish fugitive named in an international warrant as a terrorism suspect.

Minister Angelino Alfano said Turkish authorities contend that the 44-year-old man belongs to DHKP-C, a banned left-wing group that Turkish officials allege recently took a prosecutor hostage in an Istanbul courthouse. That hostage-taking ended in a shootout with police. The prosecutor was slain.

Alfano said Monday the man, who has Austrian citizenship, was lodging in Italy with his Austrian wife and children and is being held for eventual extradition.

Italian authorities didn't identify the man. Italian police said in a statement he was convicted for terrorism in Turkey, including a 1995 attack on an Ankara bank, and is "considered to be a recruiter" for DHKP-C.

Updated : 2021-09-24 01:16 GMT+08:00