A Turkish man accused of making four car bombs that killed more than 60 people last month has said he was trained by Osama bin Laden’s network al Qaeda in Afghanistan, newspapers said Monday. The man was arrested last week near the Iranian border. His arrest marks a step forward for Turkish authorities who were originally caught flat-footed by the wave of lethal explosions. Police say the suspect had used the cover of a detergent factory in an Istanbul industrial estate to make the explosives used in the four suicide car bomb attacks on British and Jewish targets in the city. “When I went to Afghanistan in 1994 I was trained in combat techniques and bombmaking at a camp under the control of al Qaeda,” the Milliyet newspaper quoted the man as telling Turkish investigators. Other newspapers carried similar stories of the suspect’s testimony to Turkish prosecutors, leading credence to the view of officials who have pinned the attacks to Turkish citizens who fought with Islamist groups in Chechnya and Afghanistan. Full Story
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