Turkey detains 40 al Qaida, Hezbollah suspects

April 12, 2011 12:33


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ISTANBUL - Turkish police detained 40 suspected members of al Qaida and the Turkish Islamist militant group Hezbollah in raids in Istanbul on Tuesday, state media said.

State-run TRT channel said among the detainees was Halis Bayancuk, whom the channel identified as the head of al Qaida's branch in Turkey. State-run Anatolian news agency said operations were under way in a number of Turkish provinces.

Turkish police often arrest suspected Islamist militants and describe them as having links to al Qaida, though details seldom emerge.

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