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'Parallels' to Al Qaeda Cited In Istanbul Synagogue Blasts

The two men who carried out Saturday’s truck-bomb attacks on two Istanbul synagogues came from the same eastern Turkish province, and their targets and methods “show parallels” with bombings conducted elsewhere by al Qaeda, the city’s governor said Wednesday. Investigators used identity cards found at the scenes of the explosions, DNA tests and portions of the bombers’ mutilated faces to help identify Mesut Cabuk, 29, as the driver who detonated hundreds of pounds of explosives outside the Beth Israel synagogue, and Gokhan Elaltuntas, 22, as the one who blew up a truck in front of the Neve Shalom synagogue, Gov. Muammer Guler and police officials said. The two bombers were killed in the blasts along with 23 other people. An additional 302 people were wounded, according to health officials. Full Story

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