You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

5

7

Final

Turkish police uncover bomb plots

ISTANBUL — Turkish ­police said Thursday that they found evidence of an Al Qaeda-linked plot to bomb the US Embassy in Ankara, a synagogue in Istanbul, and other targets, during a raid on two houses in February.

Turkish news reports said nearly 50 pounds of plastic explosives with detonation systems were seized, as well as six laptops and other evidence. Twelve suspects were arrested — two Chechens, two Azeris, and eight Turks.

Continue reading below

The police gathered evidence about two terrorist cells, one in Istanbul and one in Tekirdag on the Sea of Marmara. Forensic analysis of the computers’ contents and other documents, officials said, revealed preparations for attacks on the embassy, the private Rahmi M. Koc museum, and a synagogue in Istanbul.

Photographs, floor plans, and other information were found concerning those targets and the residences and ­offices of two popular Turks.

The US Embassy issued a travel warning, but said the Turkish National Police had not provided specific threat information about the targets.

Police in Tekirdag had been monitoring a man said to belong to Al Qaeda who arrived in the city two years ago, after military training in Afghanistan. That surveillance led to the February raid, they said.

In 2008, three gunmen attacked security guards outside the US diplomatic mission in Istanbul in a shootout that left the assailants and three officers dead. The deadliest terrorist incident in recent Turkish history were in 2003, when 67 people were killed in attacks that were attributed to militants linked to Al Qaeda.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.