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The Coast Guard Service in Chios caught a terrorist group

31 July 2013 / 21:07:41  GRReporter
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24 hours after the beginning of a large-scale investigation for the detection of a terrorist group, Greek authorities captured a terrorist who was wanted in Turkey.

The police action began on Wednesday, when during a random check, members of the Coast Guard Service arrested two Greeks and two Kurdish-Turkish citizens in their attempt to transfer heavy arsenal to Turkey: two anti-tank mortars, four grenades, two pistols, ammunition and explosive devices.

The inflatable boat was stopped in the area between the islands of Chios and Inousses. An investigation in various regions of Greece was initiated immediately after that, during which more than 10 people were arrested. In addition, the Coast Guard Service in Chios arrested two other men – a Greek and a Kurd - who were walking persistently around the premises of the office where the detained were arrested. Within the police action, 14 Kurds were captured in Athens and Thessaloniki, but there is no evidence for most of them that they are involved in the case and they will probably be released.

Six of the detainees appeared before the prosecutor in Chios, who pressed charges against them for: production, supply, possession and transportation of explosives and bombs, as well as possession and transfer of ammunition.

Later it became clear that one of the arrested Kurds was wanted in Turkey for involvement in terrorist attacks. The information was confirmed by Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler.

According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, Hassan Biber is one of the two main suspects for involvement in two attacks on offices of the ruling Justice and Development party, as well as against the Ministry of Justice in Ankara on 19 March this year.

Biber is a former leader of the Liman-Is union. In March, the organisation published a statement reporting that it had had no contacts with its Chairman in the period 1992 - 1999.

During the investigation in various apartments in Athens, Thessaloniki and Corinth, a large number of mobile phones, SIM-cards, computers, flash sticks, external computer drives, CDs, and many handwritten notes and books were discovered and confiscated.

All items are being thoroughly investigated by experts in police laboratories.

In his statements, the Turkish Interior Minister said that his country will ask the Greek authorities to extradite the arrested Kurds in Turkey. "On 19 March 2013, there were two attacks: one on the headquarters of the Justice and Development Party and the other against the Ministry of Justice. We found that one of the four detainees, Hassan Biber, a member of the group DHKP-C (Revolutionary People's Liberation Army), committed the attack against the Ministry."

Guler added that "another member of the same group has been arrested. There are two more people who showed French and Bulgarian passports, but most likely they are Turks." The Minister pointed out that during the subsequent investigation, the Greek authorities had arrested two more people, and that Turkish authorities had information that Biber was preparing a new attack in Turkey.

In response to the question whether he will ask for the extradition of the Turkish nationals to the country, the Minister said that "this mechanism will be triggered, since we are talking about a crime that was committed in Turkey."

Tags: Crime news Kurds terrorist attacks arsenal coast-guard service
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