Turkey: Fugitive al-Qaeda jihadi discovered working as an imam

Turkey: Fugitive al-Qaeda jihadi discovered working as an imam

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Turkey: Fugitive al-Qaeda jihadi discovered working as an imam

NKARA: Turkish media reports say a fugitive who was convicted in absentia for involvement in a 2003 bomb attack against HSBC bank in Istanbul and of membership in Al-Qaeda has been arrested.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said the man, identified by his initials Z.C., was arrested Wednesday in a village in the central Turkish province of Cankiri, where he was working as an acting village imam.

The private DHA agency reported that he had escaped to Afghanistan while on trial for his role in the attack. He was later convicted of membership in the Al-Qaeda network and sentenced to six years in prison….

Meanwhile

AT LEAST one cop is dead after two gunmen opened fire in a busy tourist area of Paris this evening.

Another officer was apparently injured during the shooting at the city’s famous Champs-Elysées.

A police source said one of the gunmen was killed, adding it was most probably a “terrorist act”.

But a second shooter may still be on the run….

People have been warned to keep way from the famous boulevard as a massive cordon is put in place.

Police and soldiers sealed off the area, ordering tourists back into their hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene. The Paris prosecutor’s office said counterterrorism investigators are involved in the probe.

The attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France’s tense presidential election. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack.

In Thursday’s attack, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a car and opened fire on a police vehicle. He said officers were “deliberately” targeted.

Speaking in Washington during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, US President Donald Trump said the shooting in Paris “looks like another terrorist attack” and sent condolences to France.

Emergency vehicles blocked the wide avenue that cuts across central Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens, normally packed with cars and tourists. Subway stations were closed off.

Security forces are more widespread in Paris since deadly Islamic extremist attacks in recent years, and France remains under a state of emergency.