Turkey: Police arrest Al-Qaeda suspects

by Kal El on December 21, 2008 · 0 comments

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Normally, I would not wish for anyone to get sent to a Turkish prison, but for the scum of al Qaeda, I will make an exception, and hope they spend the rest of their days being violated daily by several desperate inmates in what is one of the planet’s most brutal prison systems.

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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