Turkish police arrests 200 members of Islamist group

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkish police arrested nearly 200 people in early-morning raids Friday in 23 cities as part of an operation against a militant Islamist group.

Police targeted suspected members of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which backs the creation of a world Islamic state and the application of Sharia law.

Turkish police regularly investigate and make arrests among the country's more militant Islamic community, in particular searching groups or individuals linked to Al-Qaeda.

The authorities blame a local cell of Al-Qaeda for the November 2003 attacks against two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of HSBC Holdings PLC (HBC), which killed a total of 63 people, the Anatolia news agency reported.
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