VENICE, Italy, March 27 (UPI) -- Five alleged members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party were detained in Italy for alleged extortion of Kurdish immigrants, police said.
Eight others are under house arrest, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Authorities said the alleged members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known by its Kurdish-language initials PKK, had demanded a "revolutionary tax" from Kurdish immigrants living in Italy.
Italian police said they tracked the suspects after investigating the beating of a Turkish kebab vendor near Venice allegedly targeted for not paying the PKK. Investigators said the same cell of alleged PKK members had financed 11 PKK members who were arrested in 2010 and accused of recruiting and brainwashing immigrant Kurds in Italian training camps, ANSA said.
The latest suspects were in Venice, Rome, Modena, Padua, Udine and Pesaro, police said.
The PKK, which seeks an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey, is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union
The PKK has been involved in suicide bombings, political kidnappings, assassinations and attacks against Turkish civilians, ANSA said.