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Turkey arrests 120 Al-Qaeda suspects

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Police in Turkey have arrested 120 suspected members of Al Qaeda after carrying out a series of dawn raids across the country.
 
Reports say a senior Turkish member of the Islamist network, accused of recruiting students to fight in Afghanistan, is among those to have been rounded up.
 
Turkey has been carying out similar such raids on over the past year.
 
These new arrests follow the detention of 25 suspected Al-Qaeda members on Wednesday in the capital Ankara and the southern city of Adana.
 
One is believed to be the leader of Al-Qaeda in Turkey, Serdar Elbasa, who is also known as Abu Zer.
 
In those earlier raids, police seized weapons, fake identity papers and explosives.
 
The radical Islamist group has previously carried out attacks on Turkish soil – most notably in a 2003 bombing in Istanbul which killed 60 people.