Turkey asks Russia to extradite terrorist Mihrac Ural

- Mihrac Ural, blamed for 2013 attacks in southern Turkey that left more than 50 dead, seen at Syria congress in Sochi

By Diyar Guldogan

Turkey has asked Moscow to extradite Mihrac Ural, a terrorist responsible for deadly attacks five years ago who was seen among participants at the Syria congress in Sochi, Russia early this week.

"We immediately reacted to this terrorist's participation there and demanded an explanation from Russia," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Thursday.

"We want this person's immediate detention and extradition to Turkey.”

He said Ural is being sought by an Interpol red notice.

Cavusoglu said that, during a phone conversation on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced "discomfort" to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the terrorist's presence in Sochi, as he was not included on the list of invited delegates given to Turkey.

Turkey blames Ural for a spate of attacks in May 2013 in the town of Reyhanli in Turkey's southern Hatay province that left 52 people dead.

Ural is the leader of the THKP-C -- a pro-Syrian regime militia -- and the two-day Sochi meeting focused on the prospects for peace in Syria.

(AA)

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