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Turkish police detain 76 over assaults on Syrian refugees



ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police in Turkey on Thursday detained 76 folks in reference to assaults on properties and companies believed to be owned by Syrians after a Turkish teenager was killed in a combat with a bunch of refugees from Syria.

A hundreds-strong mob took to the streets of the capital Ankara’s Altindag neighborhood late Wednesday, throwing stones at Syrian refugees’ properties, ransacking some outlets and chanting anti-Syrian slogans, native media studies stated.

The violence, which comes as sentiment in opposition to Syrian and Afghan refugees is working excessive, adopted the stabbing demise of 18-year-old Emirhan Yalcin in the identical neighborhood earlier within the day.

Ankara police stated 76 suspects had been taken into custody on Thursday, suspected of both involvement within the assaults or of sharing provocative social media postings that allegedly helped stoke the violence. No less than 38 of the suspects had prior legal information, police stated.

Turkey, which is grappling with a battered economic system and excessive unemployment, is residence to round 4 million mostly-Syrian refugees. There’s public concern that the nation could also be confronted with a recent refugee inflow from Afghanistan, the place the Taliban have been making good points as U.S. and NATO troops withdraw.


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