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Turkey freezes al Qaeda, Taliban assets

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 01:17

Ankara: Turkey has imposed financial sanctions on some 350 people and dozens of organisations that have been blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council for alleged links to al-Qaeda or the Taliban.
The move, made public late Thursday, would freeze any assets those individuals or groups may have in Turkey.

The sanctions come at a time when Turkey has been accused of supporting groups linked to al-Qaeda which are launching attacks on Syrian President Bashar Assad`s regime. Turkey denies backing those groups.

This month, Turkey`s Interior Minister Muammer Guler said police had arrested 129 people in 104 operations targeting groups linked to al-Qaeda groups since 2012. He did not give further details.

Militants tied to al-Qaeda carried out attacks in Istanbul in 2003 that killed 58 people.

First Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 01:17

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