Greek counterterrorism police raid Lavrion Refugee Camp

Greek counterterrorism police raid Lavrion Refugee Camp

Greek counterterrorism police raid Lavrion Refugee Camp

Greek coast guards discovered an explosives-laden boat near the shores of Chios Island in the Aegean Sea, early July 30. DHA photo

Greek police raided Lavrion Refugee Camp, which is home to people of Turkish and Kurdish origin, among others, early this morning to detain 29 people following operations against the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front/Party (DHKP/C).

The police did not find any weapons or “anything suspicious,” after hours of examination at the site, which is 40 kilometers away from Athens, according to the new website Another news site, Proto Thema, reported that Greek police had said Counterterrorism police and prosecutors could not find anything relevant to the DHKP/C case.

The police conducted identity checks on 170 people, eventually detaining 29 people, including nine Turkish citizens, nine Afghans, one Syrian, one Iraqi and one Iranian, the website said.

On July 30, Greek police intercepted a boat full of explosives in the Aegean near Chios Island. Two Turkish and two Greek citizens were detained on the boat, including Hasan Biber, who is wanted in Turkey for alleged involvement in two attacks in March against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters and the Justice Ministry in Ankara on March 19.

Biber is allegedly a member of the DHKP/C.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Greek counterpart, Antonis Samaras, conducted talks regarding “terrorist activities” at the Lavrion Camp during a meeting on the sidelines of the Turkey-Greece Business Forum, which was held in Istanbul on March 4.

Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras, however, dismissed in May claims that Lavrion was being used as a terrorist training camp.