Turkey detains two left-wing militants trying to enter parliament

Turkey detains two left-wing militants trying to enter parliament
A man and a women, identified as members of the banned terrorist organisation DHKP-C, allegedly attempted to enter Turkey's parliament with sharp objects.
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Two suspected left-wing militants tried to enter Turkey's parliament [Getty]
Police in Turkey have detained two suspected left-wing militants who tried to enter the country's parliament with sharp objects and a hoax explosive device, officials said Wednesday.

Fahrettin Altun, the presidential communications director, said in a tweet that the suspects were identified as members of the banned Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, also known as DHKP-C.

He called their attempt a "terrorist act against the will and the peace of the nation" and said "they will pay the price".

The state-run Anadolu Agency said the suspects - a woman and a man - arrived at the parliament building on Tuesday and tried to take a security official hostage before they were subdued.

The suspects were carrying sharp objects and an item that was made to look like a bomb, Anadolu reported.

There are reports that the pair were invited to parliament by Mahmut Tanal, Istanbul Deputy of the Republican Party (CHP).

The DHKP-C is considered a terror organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union.

The group is responsible for a string of assassinations and bombings in Turkey, including a 2013 suicide bomb attack on the US Embassy in Ankara.

Altun said their "internal and external connections will be revealed and accounted for."

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