Turkey detains 35 Hizbullah members

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 7, 2011 14:44

Kurdish Islamic movement members were stopped near Istanbul and in Turkey's southeast; group is suspected of 2003 synagogue bombings.




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Turkish flag 58 AP. (photo credit:Associated Press)

Turkish police detained 35 suspected Turkish Hizbullah members near Istanbul and in the country's southeast, Reuters reported on Monday.

Turkish state news said that 15 members were detained near Istanbul, and another 20 were found in Batman, Diyarbakir and Sanliurfa.

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The group, which is not connected with the Lebanese Hizbullah movement, is suspected of bombing two synagogues in Istanbul in 2003.

Turkey's Hizbullah was founded in the 1980s during fighting between the Kurdish terrorist group PKK and Turkish troops. The group is believed to be mostly disbanded.

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