Turkey demands Russia extradite Syrian militant spotted at peace talks

Turkey has asked Russia to extradite a Syrian militia leader wanted for a 2013 deadly bomb attack in Turkey after spotting him at a peace conference in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi this week.

Mihraç Ural, a Turkish-Syrian citizen, is the leader of a leftist pro-Syrian government armed group called Syrian Resistance, formerly known as the Popular Front for the Liberation of the Sanjak of Iskandarun, or THKP/C. The group fought for the Turkish province of Hatay to become part of Syria.

Turkey accuses Ural of a May 2013 bombing attack in the town of Reyhanlı in Hatay province that killed 52 people.

“We want this person's immediate detention and extradition to Turkey,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu as saying.

Çavuşoğlu said Ural had entered Russia with “fake documents” and was sought under an Interpol arrest warrant.

The Sochi conference ended on Tuesday calling for democratic elections, but some opposition demands were not met while other opposition groups and Western nations boycotted the Russian-backed talks.