Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Dutch raid Kurdish Training Camp

International News Article | Reuters.com

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities have raided a suspected training camp of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrilla group in the southern Netherlands and arrested 29 people, prosecutors said on Friday.

'This was a result of a year-long investigation,' a prosecution spokesman said, adding that 29 people had been arrested in the raid at a farmyard campsite near the southern village of Liempde. 'We suspect this was a training camp.'

Other raids were taking place elsewhere in connection with the investigation, Dutch news agency ANP reported. The prosecution spokesman declined to comment on this report.

The spokesman said there was no connection between the raid and others in the country in recent days linked with investigations into suspected Islamic militants following the murder last week of outspoken Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

The Netherlands is home to about 350,000 Turks.

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