Terrorism suspects caught following German request

Greece’s anti-terrorism squad revealed on Saturday that it made two arrests in Athens following a request from authorities in Germany.

Officers said that on Wednesday they arrested a 47-year-old German citizen who was wanted by authorities in Germany and France on terrorism charges. He had been convicted to four years in prison by a court in Paris in 2011 for being part of a group planning terrorist attacks.

The second arrest was made on Saturday morning, when officers caught a 56-year-old Turkish man who has been based in Greece since 1987. Both of the arrests are connected to an anti-terrorism operation in Germany on April 15 that led to nine arrests. Both suspects were arrested in Pangrati, eastern Athens. No further details were made available.

Extradition proceedings for the German citizen were launched immediately.

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