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Turkey Embassy Bombing: Dozens Of Suspects From Left-Wing Militant Group Taken Into Custody

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Turkish police stand guard on February 19, 2013 in Ankara during a raid on the headquarters of the Confederation of Public Workers' Union (KESK) union. Police issued arrest warrants for 167 people in 28 cities as part of the operation against the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C), which is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's state-run news agency says police is rounding up dozens of people suspected of membership in a left-wing militant group that has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara earlier this month.

It was the second major sweep against suspected members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, since January. It was not immediately clear if the arrests were directly linked to the embassy bombing which killed a Turkish security guard on Feb. 1.

The Anadolu Agency said Tuesday police were arresting dozens of people in 28 provinces across Turkey.

The DHKP-C has claimed responsibility for assassinations and bombings since the 1970s but had been relatively quiet in recent years.

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