Turkey arrests 15 suspects for plotting Al Qaeda attack against US Embassy

Suspected Al Qaeda militants arrested in Istanbul, April 12, 2011.

From Sebnem Arsu, the New York Times:  The police have detained 15 suspected Al Qaeda militants on evidence that they had plotted to attack foreign diplomatic targets including the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, the Anatolian News Agency reported on Wednesday. . . .

According to the report, the Ankara police seized more than 1,500 pounds of chemicals used to make bombs, along with two assault rifles, bullets, documents and maps at the two-story house belonging to the suspect, who they said had received military training in explosives and arms outside the country.

His statements to the police led to the arrests of nine other suspects in Ankara, three in Bursa and two in Yalova in raids on Tuesday, the news agency said. . . .

An attack in 2008 on the United States Consulate in Istanbul by a group of Qaeda suspects left three policemen and three assailants dead.  (photo: news.az)

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