Eight in custody after two Turks arrested in Athens over Chios speedboat

Two men have been arrested in Athens in connection with the speedboat stopped near Chios earlier this week while carrying firearms and explosives.

Police said Thursday that the six people – three Greeks and three Turks – arrested on the boat and on Chios are facing felony charges related to alleged terrorist activity.

One of the men, Hasan Biber, has been identified by Turkish authorities as a member of extreme-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which is believed to have carried out armed attacks in Turkey earlier this year.

Greek police said that two people arrested in Athens are also suspected members of the DHKP-C.

One of the men is aged 51, the other 48. One had a Bulgarian passport, the other a forged French one. They were not named but both are wanted by Turkish authorities and the 48-year-old was the subject of a European arrest warrant issued in Germany.

Officers said the two men were arrested during a search at the offices for the Solidarity Committee for Political Refugees in central Athens.

Another 15 people were questioned in Athens, Thessaloniki and Chios but later released.