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Police seized 90 kilograms  of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make bombs, in a house raid in Kocaeli province. AA Photo

Police seized 90 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make bombs, in a house raid in Kocaeli province. AA Photo

Thirteen people suspected of having links to Al-Qaeda were arrested in northwest Turkey following the discovery of explosives, the local governor said Thursday.
Police seized 90 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make bombs, in a house raid in Karamürsel, Kocaeli province, Governor Ercan Topaca was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency.
"Thirteen people have been arrested and four others are wanted as part of this operation targetting Al-Qaeda circles", he added.
The alleged militants were suspected of wanting to foment attacks against targets that have not yet been identified, the official said. Two bomb attacks in November 2003 in Istanbul left 63 people dead and hundreds wounded.
Seven men were sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for involvement in these attacks, which were blamed on Al-Qaeda and that targetted two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the British bank HSBC.


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8/31/2012 9:24:59 AM

@Brit in Turkey - I think it is the reporting we are poking at here - the story says "....following the discovery of explosives" only to be followed with the fact that what was actually discovered is the same stuff many of us have in our garden sheds.

Brit in Turkey

8/31/2012 6:50:49 AM

mara mcglothin - I didn't expect a nagging, but just pointed out the obvious that the cache of fertiliser might not be for agricultural purposes.

Turk Uzan

8/31/2012 12:03:11 AM

@ Everyone, Al Qaida has been in Turkey since the US invasion of Iraq, it is 1000% unrelated to Hamas, FSA, Syria etc. I doubt they would arrest simple farmers for no reason other then having the fertilizer @ Mara, your rants always amuse me .. haha I wish you lived in reality

mara mcglothin

8/30/2012 9:32:22 PM

BRIT IN TURKEY I have no doubt that they might be correct! But they didn't see this coming??? REally? You let Hamas open an office in Turkey and you make blanket statements about the support of "our brothers" and what do you expect? You sleep with dogs you get fleas. Simple. You can plan on more to come, with the open borders and visa free policies and we all wonder about the issues with the visas in the EU. Now we should all know.

Brit in Turkey

8/30/2012 7:08:09 PM

Naysayers here, however they are making an attempt at humour, might just want to consider that the authorities are right.


8/30/2012 3:58:56 PM

I have 50 kilos in my shed right now we use it to help our plants and trees grow - didn't know it could explode though!

Salih Salih

8/30/2012 2:17:46 PM

So police have seized 90 kg of fertilizer, in what looks like a farmhouse? At this rate, farmers across Turkey and agricultural suppliers are going to be in big trouble! By my count this year, bus drivers (and their crashes) have been responsible for more deaths than terrorists! Perhaps the government should declare bus drivers as a terrorist organization too?

Shah Hamdan

8/30/2012 2:15:26 PM

It started much earlier then It was expected. Turkish government is in bigger trap then it can imagine.

The Prisoner

8/30/2012 1:52:46 PM

I thought these guys would be thought of as 'freedom fighters' by this goverment?
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