30 May 2013, 15:14

Turkey arrests extremists with sarin gas for Syria – media

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Even at very low concentrations, sarin can be fatal.
Even at very low concentrations, sarin can be fatal.

Turkish special anti-terror forces have detained 12 people suspected of having links with Al Nusra Front, the al Qaida-allied Syrian rebel group that has been set to topple President Assad’s regime.

The group was seized in southern Turkey. Local media say they carried a 2kg cylinder with nerve agent sarin.

Turkish authorities haven’t commented on this report.

Turkey dismisses reports that terror suspects had sarin 

Governor of the Adana province in southern Turkey Huseyin Avni Cos has dismissed reports that 12 detained suspects had nerve gas sarin, Turkish media said.

The local press reported that Turkish anti-terror forces had detained 12 people suspected of having links with Al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda-allied Syrian rebel group in the Adana Province.

"We cannot reveal any organisation names right now, but their links will be evident after the questioning," governor Huseyin Avni Cos was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

Radikal daily reported the police have also confiscated two kilogrammes of sarin gas, a powerful neurotoxin, from safe houses in Adana, some 150 kilometres from the border with Syria.

However, Cos said "there is no gas or anything of that sort captured as claimed," adding that they had found "some chemicals" that were still being studied by experts.

Six of the suspects have been released after questioning and the other six are still being held following the raids in the cities of Istanbul, Adana and Mersin, according to the governor.

The raids follow twin car bombings in the border town of Reyhanli on May 11, which killed 52 people and raised fears of the growing impact of the Syrian conflict in Turkey.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, dailystar.com.lb

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