October 21, 2008

Terrorists Attack Turkish Embassy

(Helsinki, Finland) Four members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the PKK, were arrested for an attack on the Turkish Embassy early this morning. One person was injured.

The attack occurred only a few hours after Kurds demonstrated outside the embassy in support of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the PKK.

The door of the embassy building was set ablaze around 3:00 am (0000 GMT), though the fire was quickly detected by a police patrol and extinguished, police said.

"We have four young men detained and we are questioning them to determine if they were involved," chief inspector Markku Stenberg told AFP.

Finnish media reported some of the detained were of Kurdish origin, but Stenberg would not comment on those reports.

While police said no one was injured in the attack, the embassy said in a statement that the blaze had "caused material damage in the entrance of the embassy and one functionary was hospitalised."

"We strongly condemn this act which carries all the signs of a politically motivated terroristic (sic) attack carried out by the PKK/KONGRA-GEL terrorist organisation," it said.

This incident is notable since it's a reminder that terrorists respect no borders. Any location on the globe is a potential target.

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