A photo taken on February 4, 2013 shows the side entrance of the U. S. embassy in Ankara, closed with metal
A photo taken on February 4, 2013 shows the side entrance of the U. S. embassy in Ankara, closed with metal, three days after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside. Turkish police have uncovered and foiled an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb the US embassy in Ankara, as well as a synagogue and other targets in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday. © Adem Altan - AFP/File
A photo taken on February 4, 2013 shows the side entrance of the U. S. embassy in Ankara, closed with metal
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Last updated: April 14, 2013

Turkey police foil Al-Qaeda plot against US embassy

Turkish police have uncovered and foiled an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb the US embassy in Ankara, as well as a synagogue and other targets in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday.

As a result of a February raid in Istanbul and the northeastern city of Corlu, police had arrested 12 people, including eight Turks, two Azeris and two Chechens, and seized 22 kilogrammes of explosives, CNNTurk reported.

Police also found documents that allegedly revealed plans by the group, which they described as a Turkish cell of Al-Qaeda, to attack a synagogue and a museum in Istanbul.

The embassy in Ankara was the target of a suicide bombing on February 1, which killed a Turkish security guard.

That attack was claimed by a radical Marxist and anti-US armed group, The Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C), blacklisted by the US and the European Union as a terrorist organisation.

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