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Dutch Police Raid Kurdish Separatist Training Camp


Dutch police have raided a suspected training camp of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, PKK, in the southern Netherlands and several other locations, arresting 38 people.

Prosecutors say 29 suspects were arrested at the training camp near the town of Liempde. They say the raids are not linked to last week's murder of controversial Dutch filmmaker and sharp critic of Islam Theo van Gogh by a suspected Muslim extremist.

The Kurdish party has fought for decades for the creation of an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey, at a cost of at least 30,000 lives.

This week, a Dutch court rejected a Turkish extradition request for Kurdish party activist Nuriye Kesbir, whom Turkey accuses of planning attacks. The court said there is not enough guarantee she would get a fair trial.

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