The anti-terror operation which led to the detention of nine people with suspected links to a far-leftist Turkish militant group was conducted by the Greek authorities alone, without any cooperation or information from other states such as Turkey, Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas told the evening newscast of ANT1 TV channel on Tuesday.
Authorities say the suspects are allegedly members of the DHKP-C, a group labeled as terrorist in Turkey. Police said that the suspects appear to be involved in a case involving the transportation of munitions using a speedboat that was intercepted near Chios in 2013.
“There are no indications that would lead us to believe that these people arrested today were preparing an attack in our country for the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” he said, adding that the suspects “are not very cooperative” but that they are “satisfied” with the conditions of detention.
Toskas said police are still examining the apartments where the suspects were living and looking for other safe houses in central Athens.