ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish police on Thursday arrested 76 people in attacks on homes and businesses believed to be Syrian-owned after a Turkish teenager was killed in a scuffle with a group of Syrian refugees .
A crowd of hundreds took to the streets of the Altindag district of the capital Ankara on Wednesday evening, throwing stones at the homes of Syrian refugees, ransacking some shops and chanting anti-Syrian slogans, local media reported.
Violence, which comes amid high sentiment against Syrian and Afghan refugees, followed the stabbing death of 18-year-old Emirhan Yalcin in the same neighborhood earlier today.
Ankara Police said 76 suspects were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of being involved in the attacks or sharing provocative social media posts that allegedly helped fuel the violence. At least 38 of the suspects had criminal records, police said.
Turkey, which struggles with a struggling economy and high unemployment, is home to around 4 million refugees, mostly Syrians. The public fears the country is facing a new influx of refugees from Afghanistan, where the Taliban have made progress with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
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