Most Turkish newspapers on Thursday covered the latest developments after the capture of Ismail Akkol, who had been wanted in connection with the 1996 killing of Turkish industrialist Ozdemir Sabanci.
Sabanci -- a member of one of Turkey’s richest families -- was shot dead on the 25th floor of the Sabanci Holding building in Istanbul along with his secretary and another executive.
Akkol, and Fadik Adiyaman, suspected members of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, (DHKP-C) were arrested Tuesday in western Aydin province.
Turkish newspapers gave different accounts about the police operation that saw the capture of two suspects.
While HURRIYET claimed a 100-member team seized Akkol after a 20-day “breathtaking chase” in Aydin, HABER TURK wrote 350 intelligence officers worked for the operation for 12 days.
Most Turkish newspapers published pictures of two suspects waiting at a bus station in Aydin; HURRIYET also ran a photograph of the hand grenades, a Kalashnikov firearm and ammunition seized by the police.
Akkol and the other suspect reportedly entered Turkey on false passports from a nearby Greek island and had been planning to assassinate a leading figure from industry or politics.
The DHKP-C is among a number of terror organizations targeting Turkey, along with Daesh and the PKK. Police have stepped up operations against all three in recent months.
“Codename Christo” was HURRIYET’s headline, referring to a Greek name given to Akkol by the Greek secret service.
According to the daily, Turkish security forces were alarmed when they received intelligence information that the two suspects -- alleged members of the outlawed DHKP-C -- would cross into Turkey.
An area between Bodrum to Canakkale on Turkey’s Aegean region was under close examination by Turkish security forces, the daily added.
Potential suspects in the case were photographed and their pictures matched those of Akkol and Adiyaman, the newspaper wrote.
“Two more DHKP-C members wanted,” was HABER TURK’s headline, reporting that Turkish police was looking for two other suspects who are allegedly members of the militant group and planning to hit Istanbul or Ankara.
“Eight terrorists on the run,” was VATAN’s headline, claiming that eight more suspects along with Akkol entered Turkey for “sensational” terrorist acts.
Turkish newspapers also covered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to Peru as part of his tour of Latin American states.
“A historical moment,” wrote VATAN, quoting Erdogan as saying: “I have to say that we have been late on these visits.”
AKSAM wrote that Erdogan was the first Turkish president to visit Peru.
Featuring a picture of Erdogan shaking hands with President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, the daily reported that five agreements to improve trade and tourism ties between the two countries were signed.
Describing the ongoing Syrian crisis as the biggest tragedy of humanity after the Second World War, Erdogan invited President Humala to the UN’s humanitarian summit, which will be held in Istanbul on May, according to VATAN.
Turkey is a key country hosting 2.5 million refugees from the civil war-torn Syria, according to UN figures.
“Solidarity against terrorism in Peru,” was SABAH’s headline. The daily said both Erdogan and Humala gave a determined message against terror.
The newspaper cited Erdogan as saying that one Peruvian national was injured in the suicide attack at Istanbul’s famous Sultanahmet site, which killed 11 people -- mostly German tourists -- on Jan. 12.
In economics news, financial newspaper DUNYA wrote that industry capacity dropped 25 percent in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Production dropped in organized industrial zones and some factories are up for sale in Turkey’s terror-hit provinces, the daily wrote. According to the newspaper, there is great anticipation over Friday's expected announcement by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of a master plan to compensate citizens for their losses in the terror-hit region. The master plan was first mentioned by Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus on Monday.Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Şubat 2016, 00:20