Turkey detains 200 Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir suspects

July 24, 2009, Friday/ 12:56:00
Turkish police detained nearly 200 suspected members of the outlawed Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir in simultaneous raids in 23 provinces across Turkey, the state-run news agency Anatolian said on Friday.

In Friday's operation police said they confiscated a number of documents linking the suspects to the Islamist group.

Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks to unite Muslims into a pan-Islamic state but says its means are peaceful. Uzbekistan blames the group for bombings in the capital in 2004, an accusation the London-based group denies.

Turkey has in the past raided Hizb ut-Tahrir and other Islamist groups, including al Qaeda, believed to operate in predominantly Muslim Turkey.