World Bulletin / News Desk
Police launched raids across Turkey early on Tuesday targeting a militant leftist group behind a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. embassy, ordering the arrest of nearly 200 people, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
The nationwide operation came after a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) blew himself up at an entrance of the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Feb. 1, killing a Turkish security guard.
Anti-terror police arrested 15 people in the western coastal province of Izmir and two other provinces in operations targeting a group called the Revolutionary Civil Servant Movement, believed to be linked to the DHKP-C, Anatolian said.
It said police issued an order for the arrest of 167 people in 28 provinces across the country.
In Ankara, police raided the headquarters of Confederation of Public Workers' Union (KESK).
KESK's lawyers told AA correspondent that arrest warrant was issued for KESK official Akman Simsek, who was detained later on. Simsek's room at union's HQ is being searched.
Attorneys said the investigation was being conducted with the claim of "being member of terrorist organisation DHKP/C" and arrest warrants were issued for several members in Ankara, Istanbul, Malatya and Balikesir, and added that, including an academic in acclaimed university METU.
In southern province of Antalya a total of 7 people were detained including two public servants.
Meanwhile 6 people in Bursa, 1 in Kocaeli, who is a medical doctor were among the detained.
The DHKP-C, virulently anti-American, has carried out a series of deadly attacks on police stations in the last six months.
The attack on the U.S. embassy followed the detention of dozens of people in raids targeting people linked to the DHKP-C in January.
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