Al-Qaeda suspects held in Turkey

Scores arrested in raids across Istanbul for allegedly planning attacks.

    Al-Qaeda has been blamed for the 2003 bombings of two Istanbul synagogues [GALLO/GETTY]

    In January, police raided 18 locations in southeast Turkey on so-called  "intelligence" that fighters linked to al-Qaeda were planning car bomb  attacks.

    Four alleged fighters and a policeman were then killed in a gunfight, and 17 suspects were arrested.

    Previous arrests

    Al-Qaeda was also blamed for truck bombs that targeted two synagogues in Istanbul on November 15, 2003, as well as the British consulate and a British bank five days later.

    The attacks killed at least 63 people, and injured hundreds.
      
    Last year, seven men were jailed for life over the bombings, one of them a Syrian national who was convicted of financing the attacks.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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