​Turkey Plan Assassination of Kurdish Activists Abroad

Millet Press

November 29, 2016


The Turkish government is accused of planning plots to kill Kurdish officials abroad. The German media reported that the state prosecutor’s office in Bremen had initiated an investigation into a Turkish agent conspiring to kill two people active in the Kurdish community outside Turkey.


One of alleged targets of the murder plot was Yüksel Koc, a Kurdish activist based in Bremen. The second was Remzi Kartal, who lives in Brussels and is the chair of the Kurdish organization Kongra-Gel, reported The Local newspaper.


Moreover, the semi-official news agency of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), ANHA, said on Monday that Turkey has been planning to assassinate Kurdish officials from Rojava in Europe, including Salih Muslim, the co-head of the PYD party.


Adem Uzun, the executive member of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) confirmed it. “About Bremen, we do have details on what happened, it is true,” he told ARA News.


According to the pro-PYD ANHA agency, the Turkish intelligence service National Intelligence Organization (MIT) was planning to carry out assassinations against Syrian Kurdish politicians in northern Syria and Europe.


“According to the sources, the assassination plan targeted the co-Chair of PYD Salih Muslim during his visit to Europe, but Turkey withdrew its agents as soon as information was leaked to intelligence of two European states. The agents were not Turks or Syrians, rather they were assigned by the Turkish MIT, releasing an arrest warrant of Muslim came after the plan was unveiled,” ANHA reported.


This is not the first time that the Turkish intelligence service is accused of carrying out murder plots against Kurdish officials.


French investigators have found that Turkey’s secret services were involved in the murder of three Kurdish women activists in Paris in 2013.


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