Turkey detains 120 al Qaeda suspects in raids

The raids in 16 provinces including Istanbul followed the arrest earlier this week of 25 suspected al Qaeda members.

Turkey detains 120 al Qaeda suspects in raids

Police detained 120 suspected members of al Qaeda in Turkey possibly including senior members, the state Anatolian news agency reported on Friday.

The raids in 16 provinces including Istanbul followed the arrest earlier this week of 25 suspected al Qaeda members.

Devices to make explosives, fake identity cards and passports, and camouflage smocks were seized in the raids.

Turkish media said one of those detained was believed to be the head of al Qaeda in Turkey, Serdar Elbasa, known by the codename Abu Zer.

Another suspect was the chief of al Qaeda network in Gaziantep province bordering Syria. One suspect was trained in Afghanistan, Anatolian said.


Reuters

Last Mod: 22 Ocak 2010, 11:33
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