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    The Turkish police detained the main suspect in an attack on the building of Istanbul branch of the ruling Turkish Party of Justice and Development Party (AK Party), media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, a group of unidentified assailants fired a grenade launcher rocket at the AKP office in Istanbul, hitting building's wall without injuring anyone. Police launched a wide-scale search for the perpetrators of the attacks. The authorities accused the ultra-leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front party (DHKP-C), outlawed in Turkey, of masterminding the attack. On Saturday, Istanbul police conducted a number of raids, detaining five people suspected of having links with the organizers of the attack.

    According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, the law enforcement officers detained a DHKP-C member in the Turkish northwest province of Tekirdag.

    DHKP-C is a Marxist-Leninist party created in 1978. The party strongly opposes US and NATO influence on Turkish politics and has been notorious for a number of suicide bombings.

    In 2013, DHKP-C attacked the US embassy in Ankara, and left two people — the bomber and the Turkish guard — dead.

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