15 AL QAEDA SUSPECTS DETAINED IN TURKEY
Turkish police have detained 15 people in overnight raids targeting Al Qaeda militants south of the Turkish capital, local media reported on Tuesday 11/22/2011.
The men were arrested at several addresses across the city of Konya, 250 km (155 miles) south of Ankara, on suspicion of being members of Al Qaeda now led by Egyptian Ayman Al Zawahiri, state news agency Anatolian and private broadcasters reported.
They did not give more details on the arrests and Turkish police could not be immediately reached for comment.
Turkish police regularly arrest suspected Islamist militants and describe them as having links to Al Qaeda, though further details seldom emerge.
In July, police detained 14 people suspected of having links to Al Qaeda across western Turkey, including from one house near Ankara, after they discovered explosives and weapons (see – Ankara 07.15.11).
Said to be linked to a group active in Afghanistan, they were detained on suspicion of planning attacks on US installations in Turkey to avenge the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan on 05/02/2011, Turkish media reported (see – Abbottabad Raid).
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