7 militants in ‘wanted terrorist list’ captured in Istanbul

7 militants in ‘wanted terrorist list’ captured in Istanbul

7 militants in ‘wanted terrorist list’ captured in Istanbul

A special operation unit of the Istanbul police department. (File photo)

Turkish security forces captured seven high-profile members of the illegal DHKP-C group in a counter-terror operation in Istanbul’s Okmeydanı neighborhood early in the morning, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Feb. 26.

One of the detained militants was the most senior operative of the organization in Turkey, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Soylu as saying during a meeting in Istanbul.

“We have completely overthrown the rural structure of DHKP-C in Turkey,” he said.

The police raid also captured militants named in the green and grey categories of the Interior Ministry’s “wanted terrorist list,” according to Soylu.

“Our fight against terrorism is on and will continue without slowing down,” he added.

The “wanted terrorists list” is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and grey.

The DHKP-C assumed a number of bloody assaults in Turkey, including a 2013 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, in which a Turkish security guard was killed.

The group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU.