Turkey Detains 120 Al-Qaeda Suspects in Raids

In a major anti-terror operation Turkish police raided several areas across the country and nabbed at least 120 suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists, including senior members of the terrorist group, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported on Friday.

The news agency confirmed that Turkish police conducted raids in 16 provinces including Istanbul and recovered devices to make explosives, fake identity cards and passports, and camouflage smocks.

According to Turkish media among the five suspects detained in the eastern city of Van was an academic who allegedly brainwashed people in the local university campus and on the Internet to join Al-Qaeda’s camps in Afghanistan. Another suspect was the chief of al Qaeda network in Gaziantep province bordering Syria, Anatolian said.

Officials stated that the suspects are believed to have been involved in plots to orchestrate suicide attacks on Turkish soldiers serving in Afghanistan and on police in Turkey.

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