Turkey detains five Germans on terror charges

Turkish authorities detained five Germans over alleged links to Kurdish militants, pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency reported on Friday. 

The suspects detained in capital Ankara are accused of spreading terror propaganda and of belonging to an illegal organisation, the agency said.

Turkey has not named the terror organisation, but is likely the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK has been fighting an armed insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984 and is labelled a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union. 

Over 40,000 long people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the decades-long conflict

The German foreign ministry has said it was “aware of the cases” and that the embassy in Ankara was providing consular assistance, Mezopotamya said. 

The ministry has denied claims that information leading to Friday’s detentions was handed over to Turkish authorities during Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s visit to Ankara this week, the agency reported, adding however, that a ministry spokesman would not rule out that such information could have been exchanged in line with a routine cooperation between security services.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in March threatened to arrest "terrorists" and "traitors" from Germany arriving in Turkey, prompting Germany to issue a travel warning.