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10 al-Qaeda suspects detained

world Updated: Jun 07, 2011 19:50 IST

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Police today detained 10 people suspected of having ties to the al-Qaeda extremist network in southern Turkey, Anatolia news agency reported.

Nine of the suspects were rounded up in Adana province while another was taken in Hatay, and all were accused to making propaganda for the illegal group, Anatolia said. Police seized documents, CDs, USB flash drives and computers in houses and working places they searched.

Turkish security forces have regularly targetted suspected al-Qaeda supporters since two sets of twin suicide bombings hit Istanbul five days apart in November 2003.

A Turkish cell of al-Qaeda was held responsible for the attacks, in which explosive-laden trucks first targeted two synagogues, and then the British consulate and a British bank, killing a total of 63 people, including the British consul.

Seven men were jailed for life in 2007 over the bombings, among them a Syrian national who masterminded and financed the attacks.