29 al-Qaida suspects arrested in Turkey

Latest in a string of raids against Turkish terror suspects.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained 29 people suspected of links to the al-Qaida terror network.

The Anatolia news agency says the suspects were rounded up for questioning in simultaneous raids in the cities of Adana, Istanbul, Canakkale and Antalya early Friday. The agency did not cite a source for the report.

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It was the latest in a string of raids against al-Qaida suspects.

Police has been on alert against suspects since homegrown Islamic militants tied to al-Qaida carried out suicide bombings in Istanbul in 2003, killing 58 people.

In 2008, an attack blamed on al-Qaida-affiliated militants outside the US Consulate in Istanbul left three assailants and three policemen dead.

In January, police rounded up 120 people.

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