March 19, 1995 in Nation/World

Kurds Blamed For Attacks On German Turks

Associated Press
 

Firebombs blamed on Kurdish extremists hit a mosque in Munich and Turkish gathering places in two other cities in a fifth night of violence, police said Saturday. No one was hurt and damage was minimal.

The Turkish Embassy in Bonn demanded better police protection for Turkish interests. About 2 million Turks live in Germany, making them the country’s largest minority group.

The embassy said more than 70 anti-Turkish attacks have been carried out in Germany since Jan. 1, and it blamed supporters of the Kurdistan Workers Party.

Banned in Germany, the group has been fighting for a separate Kurdish homeland in southeastern Turkey since 1984. The party is believed to have some 6,000 followers among the 450,000 Turkish Kurds living in Germany.

German politicians are debating whether to deport up to 1,000 Kurds jailed for committing terrorist or criminal acts or because they have been refused political asylum.

On Friday, parliament voted to permit deportations to Turkey. It’s up to individual German states to decide whether to expel those jailed.

German police say the firebombings may be connected to recent deadly riots in Turkey.

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