Got a Big Fish in Turkey
Turkey’s state news agency says police have arrested 10 suspected Islamic militants believed to have links to Al Qaeda.
The Anatolian News Agency reports they include a lawyer who has admitted he is the leader of Al Qaeda in Turkey.
The 10 suspects were detained in simultaneous police raids in three cities - Ankara, Istanbul and Ismir - at the start of last month’s visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict.
A report from Turkey’s state-run news agency says the police had been watching the group for a year and acted on information they had bomb-making equipment.
The police are not commenting any further.
The report says police found maps of an oil refinery near Ismir, and seized what they called a CD bomb, thought to explode when played, for the first time.
CNN Turk says the leader is a 25-year-old lawyer and two of the suspects were also members of the Great Islamic Eastern Warriors Front (IBDA-C).
That group claimed joint responsibility with Al Qaeda for two bombings at Istanbul synagogues and attacks on a British consulate and the HSBC bank in November 2003, in which more than 60 people were killed.