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Kurdistan Workers' Party suspects arrested in the Netherlands

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Kurdistan Workers' Party suspects arrested in the Netherlands

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Dutch authorities have raided a suspected training camp of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the PKK. 38 people are said to have been arrested after the operation at a farm near the southern city of Eindhoven. Some reports say simultaneous raids were carried out in other parts of the country.

Police say the operation is not connected with raids carried out in recent days against suspected Islamic militants. The PKK has been fighting for a Kurdish homeland in southeast Turkey for the past 20 years, in a conflict that has killed more than 30,000 people. The Netherlands is home to about 350,000 Turks. Earlier this week, a Dutch court blocked the extradition to Turkey of a man accused by Ankara of being a top PKK leader.