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Turkish Police Detain 25 Bombing Suspects

Turkish police have detained 25 suspected members of a group linked to al-Qaida who were believed to have been planning a bomb attack during a NATO summit in Istanbul in June, which President Bush is expected to attend, officials and news reports said Monday. Sixteen of the suspects were captured April 29 in the northwestern province of Bursa and were to appear in court on Monday, Gov. Oguz Kagan Koksal told reporters. The suspects were members of Ansar al-Islam, a group linked to the terror network, and were also planning to attack a synagogue in Bursa and rob a bank to provide funds, Koksal said. Nine other suspected members of the group with explosives training were detained in a simultaneous raid in Istanbul, the semiofficial Anatolia news agency reported. The nine appeared in court on Monday, the agency said. The raids occurred after a yearlong surveillance of the group, the governor said. Full Story

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