Ankara, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run Turkmen newspaper Afrin said Thursday that a Turkish journalist was arrested on charges of inciting hatred toward the Turkmen people and encouraging the assassination of the ruling party’s leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The news agency said the arrest was made in a raid on a residence in Ankara on suspicion of spreading hate against the Turkmens.

Police seized a laptop computer, an AK-47 rifle, and a pistol from the house, the agency said.

The operation was carried out after Turkish authorities arrested the editor of an online magazine in the country’s northwest on Monday on suspicion that he was involved in a plot to kill the ruling AK Party’s leader.

A lawyer for the editor, Aydin Ozcan, told AFP news agency that Ozcan has been in detention since June, and that the Istanbul court had rejected the Turkish government’s appeal to dismiss the charges.

“The case was a sham,” Ozcan said.

“I have never committed a crime.

I was never even in the news.”

Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been accused of human rights violations since 2014, when they cracked down on a pro-Kurdish political party with deadly force.

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