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Turkish government rounds up suspected al-Qaida members

Jan. 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A Turkish court has ordered 13 suspected members of al-Qaida arrested after a sweeping government raid covering six provinces, officials said.

The Van Chief Public Prosecutor's office said a total of 25 people were detained after the raid Tuesday. Of them, 13 have been brought before a judge who ordered them arrested.

Five have been let go and the rest are awaiting a court appearance to determine whether they will face formal terrorism charges, prosecutors said.

Included in the list of those charged is former Guantanamo Bay Detention Center inmate and suspected al-Qaida leader Ibrahim Sen, Today's Zaman reported.

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