Police in Turkey say they have foiled a large bomb attack in Ankara. They say a van packed with explosives has been discovered near a multi-storey carpark in the city centre. One local TV station reports that 300 kilogrammes of explosives have been found. Officials say if the device had gone off it would have been a disaster for the capital, coming on the 6th anniversary of September 11th.
In November 2003, more than 60 people were killed in what were thought to be Al-Qaeda backed suicide bomb attacks on two synagogues, the British consulate and the HSBC bank in Istanbul.