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Turkish man 'admits' terror blast

A Turkish man was yesterday charged with treason for allegedly masterminding the first of four terrorist attacks on Jewish and British targets in Istanbul last month. In the police’s first breakthrough in the hunt for the perpetrators of Turkey’s worst week of bloodshed in peacetime, officials said the man had admitted ordering the assault on a synagogue. The unidentified suspect, bearded and in his 20s, was shown on local television as he helped the authorities to reconstruct the crime at the Beth Israel synagogue. Turkish media reported that he had links with al-Qaida, a claim denied by the Islamist-leaning government. The suspect was arrested as he tried to slip out of the country to Iran, officials said. Istanbul’s deputy police chief, Halil Yilmaz, said the man had gone to the synagogue on November 15, the day of the bombing, where he allegedly gave the final order for the attack. The bombing, which was followed by an almost simultaneous blast outside a second synagogue, was the first in a terror wave that left 61 dead and more than 700 injured. Full Story

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