Saturday, April 11, 2009

Turkey Police Detain 30 Suspects In Al-Qaeda Sweep

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Turkish anti-terror police Thursday detained 30 people on suspicion of belonging to al-Qaeda, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The suspects, rounded up in simultaneous operations in several districts in the western city of Eskisehir, were being questioned by police, the report said.

Police weren't immediately available for comment.

Last month, a Turkish newspaper reported that Ankara had received U.S. intelligence that al-Qaeda militants could be plotting attacks on foreign targets in Turkey.

A Turkish cell of al-Qaeda was held responsible for truck bombs against two synagogues, the U.K. consulate, and a U.K. bank in Istanbul in 2003, which killed 63 people and left hundreds injured.

Seven men were jailed for life over the bombings in 2007, among them a Syrian national who masterminded and financed the attacks.

In January, a suspected al-Qaeda militant was killed and three others captured in a shootout with the police in Istanbul after the group attempted to rob a post office.

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