Ankara – Turkey arrested three German citizens of Lebanese origins, suspected of having links to the ISIS terrorist Anis al-Amri responsible for the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin last year which killed 12 and injured dozens.
Anis Amri was shot dead by Italian police in Milano four days after the attack.
The court decided to imprison Bilal Y.M. and Youssef D. who were arrested for membership in an armed terrorist organization under an investigation, according to Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office’s statement.
Turkish security forces had arrested three Lebanese-German suspects allegedly linked to the attack of Amri in Berlin last year at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced on March 20.
Turkish media reported that the counter terrorism forces had arrested the suspects after investigations revealed they were planning to head to a European country to execute an attack.
Earlier, a court in Ezmir, west of Turkey, sentenced a Jordanian-German to prison for his connections with Amri.
On March 11, authorities apprehended the suspect during a raid to arrest people linked to the attack on Reina nightclub, in the the Ortakoy area of Istanbul, which killed 39 and injured dozens.
On January 16, 2017, after a massive manhunt, the attacker—later identified as an Uzbek national Abdulkadir Masharipov, dubbed Abo Muhammed Khorasani, from a small town in Kyrgyzstan was finally captured alive in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul.
In a related matter, a Turkish official said that Ankara is preparing a warrant for the extradition of l of senior leftist militants at the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), wanted by both Turkey and the United States.
The militant, identified as Seher Demir Şen, is alleged to be behind a 2013 suicide bomb attack on the US Embassy in Ankara which killed a security guard. She is among three suspected DHKP-C leaders wanted by US.
A government official said Turkish security officials have determined that the militant has recently made her way to the Netherlands from Greece. The official said preparations were underway for a formal request for her extradition.