Turkish riot policemen stand guart on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on January 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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Turkish anti-terror police on Tuesday raided the offices of an Islamic charity in what the organisation branded a "smear campaign" linked to the corruption scandal embroiling the government.The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which has been accused of trying to smuggle arms to Syria, said the police raids were part of a wider operation against Al-Qaeda in Turkey, but this could not immediately be confirmed. Police searched IHH premises in the southern town of Kilis near the Syrian border in an early morning operation that vice president Huseyin Oruc branded a "dirty plot" -- echoing Erdogan's description of the corruption probe that has targeted key members of his inner circle.One person was detained in the raid by local counter-terrorism police units who also tried to confiscate documents and computers, the IHH said. IHH officials said it had been targeted as part of a police operation against Al-Qaeda in six Turkish cities, but this was not immediately confirmed by Turkish police or government officials.
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