February 16, 2007 / 7:04 PM / 11 years ago

Seven jailed for life in al Qaeda Istanbul bombings

ISTANBUL, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A Turkish court sentenced seven people, including a Syrian al Qaeda militant, to life in prison on Friday for suicide bomb attacks on Jewish and British targets, which killed more than 60 people in Istanbul in 2003.

Louai al Sakka was jailed for masterminding and securing finance for the truck bombings of two synagogues, the British consulate and an HSBC bank branch in November 2003. A Turkish al Qaeda cell claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Turkish Harun Ilhan, who has admitted to plotting the bombings and being a member of al Qaeda, was also sentenced to life in prison.

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