Turkey Cracks ‘Plot’ to Kill PM

(BBC News)–Anti-terror police in Turkey are reported to have foiled a plot to kill Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish newspapers say 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 Erdogan’s route home.

There has been no official comment. Erdogan–whose party has Islamic roots–criticized last month 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 Erdogan’s advisers–was also the target of a possible 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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