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Dutch raid Kurd 'training camp'
By Geraldine Coughlan
BBC News, The Hague

Dutch police at Liempde
Officials said the group has been under investigation for a year
Police have raided a suspected training camp of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south of the Netherlands, arresting 29 people.

Prosecutors said the raid was not linked to the recent crackdown on suspected Muslim extremists after the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

Van Gogh was killed in Amsterdam by an alleged Islamic radical last week.

Officials said the investigation into the PKK in the Netherlands had been ongoing for a year.

The raid took place at the suspected paramilitary training camp at Liempde, near Eindhoven.

Extradition blocked

Earlier this week, The Hague district court blocked the extradition of an alleged PKK leader to Turkey for her suspected role in a series of bombings in the 1990s.

The court ruled that it was not certain Nuriye Kesbir would receive a fair trial in Turkey.

The justice ministry said it would appeal against the decision.

The PKK fought for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish south-eastern part of Turkey for 15 years, before announcing a ceasefire in 1999.

But the group called off the truce in June this year, threatening to carry out attacks and warning tourists and investors to stay away from the country.

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