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Istanbul Suicide Bombings Suspect Charged

A key suspect in the November suicide bombings in Istanbul was charged Monday with membership in an illegal organization with alleged ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network. Authorities believe Baki Yigit, who was arrested here last week, met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and was among the leaders of an al-Qaida-linked cell accused of the truck bombings on Nov. 15 and Nov. 20 against two synagogues, a London-based bank and the British Consulate, authorities said. The attacks killed 62 people. The charge filed in state security court Monday carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Turkish news reports have described Yigit as a top leader of the Turkish cell. It was not clear why he was not charged with carrying out the attacks themselves. Full Story

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