Turkey jails 14 over alleged anti-US terrorist attack plan

July 16, 2011 13:10

ISTANBUL - A Turkish court has jailed 14 people pending trial on charges of al-Qaida membership for allegedly planning an attack on the US embassy in Ankara, state media said on Saturday.

The suspects were detained on July 12 ahead of the visit to Turkey of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was due to meet Turkish leaders in Istanbul on Saturday.

State-run Anatolian news agency said the court in the Turkish capital on Friday evening ordered the 14 be remanded in custody, while releasing one further person. One of the suspects had carried out reconnaissance on the US embassy and other diplomatic premises.

Police seized 700 kg (1,500 lb) of ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in improvised explosives, in a raid on a house in the province of Ankara this week, media reports said.

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