Italian police dismantle PKK recruitment network

Italian police dismantled a recruitment network for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Italy on Friday after arresting 11 men who allegedly recruited people for the terrorist organisation.

The suspects, 10 Turkish citizens and one Italian, were arrested in Venice and some other northern Italian towns, the police said in a statement, adding that they were all charged with links to acts of international terrorism.

Reportedly the Italian police found a recruitment camp following a search operation that was carried out in Italy and France. At the camp people were trained to carry out attacks in Turkey and its neighbouring countries.

Meanwhile, citing the Justice Ministry , the Dutch media reported on Friday that the Dutch police had arrested a suspected PKK leader during a border patrol in the south-east of the country. The man, identified as Hasan Adir, was arrested on January 19 when he drove into the Netherlands from Germany with two other people.

The unnamed ministry official said that Turkey requested the extradition of Adir, the latter however objected this and has pleaded a court hearing, which will be held on March 18 in the southern city of RoermondAnkara had asked for his arrest because they suspect him forrecruiting people for the armed wing of the PKK in Iraq.