Turkish police have detained 11 people suspected of links to al-Qaida and seized 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of plastic explosives as well as alleged diagrams of the US Consulate and other possible targets in Istanbul, a news agency reported Thursday.
The suspects were rounded up in simultaneous raids in Istanbul and the northeastern province of Tekirdag, the private Dogan news agency reported. It did not cite a source for the report. Interior Ministry officials and police in Istanbul and Tekirdag refused comment on the report which came on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the Turkish capital, Ankara. (AP)