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Turkey: Police arrest Al-Qaeda suspects




Istanbul, 19 Dec. (AKI) - Turkish police have arrested 38 people in nationwide raids on suspected members of Al-Qaeda, Istanbul police chief said on Friday. The operations are the latest in a string of detentions in Turkey. "Thirty-eight people were detained in an operation against a radical right-wing group carried out simultaneously in Istanbul, Izmir and Manisa," Istanbul police chief Celalettin Cerrah told a news conference.

According to a report on the site of the Turkish daily, Hurriyet, Cerrah said 23 of the suspects were detained in the country' s largest city, Istanbul, for alleged involvement in 12 criminal acts.

The raids were the latest in a series targeting suspected members of the Islamic militant group in recent years.

Islamist radicals have carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past. In 2003 when Al-Qaeda militants killed more than 60 people in a series of bombings in Istanbul.

In August, eleven alleged members of the terror network were detained in southeastern Turkey, accused of establishing a group named the Muslim Revenge Brigade in a plan to carry out attacks. They are expected to face trial soon.

A Turkish prosecutor charged Wednesday two suspected Al-Qaeda members over an attack on the US consulate in Istanbul in July. Three attackers and three police officers were killed in the incident.




 

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