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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2006, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Turkey cracks 'plot' to kill PM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Police are said to have recovered a map of Mr Erdogan's usual route
Anti-terror police in Turkey are reported to have foiled a plot to kill Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish newspapers says nine people, including three soldiers, have been detained in the capital, Ankara.

Police are said to have found grenades, explosives, a timer, and a sketch showing Mr Erdogan's route home.

There has been no official comment. Mr Erdogan, whose party has Islamic roots, last month criticised the army's chief for encouraging popular protests.

He attacked General Hilmi Ozkok for supporting demonstrations against Islamist militancy after a judge was murdered by a suspected Islamist gunman.

The army sees itself as the guardian of secularism in predominantly Muslim Turkey.

The Hurriyet and Sabah newspapers suggested Cuneyd Zapsu, one of Mr Erdogan's advisers, was also the target of a likely attack.

There has been no confirmation from the police, but the semi-official Anatolia news agency said the suspects were "allegedly planning an attack against a politician".


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