Brother of Istanbul synagogue bomber killed in Aleppo, Syria

New evidence of Al Qaeda’s participation in the Syrian revolt against Assad came with the revelation Friday by the Turkish Hurrriyet that Metin Ekinci, a Turkish citizen killed in Aleppo, was the brother of the mastermind behind the 2003 coordinated Al Qaeda bombings in Istanbul which left 57 people dead and injured 700. A car registered in his name was used in the bombings. In the first wave, on Nov. 16, 2003, the Neveh Shalom synagogue was blown up packed with worshippers. Twenty-three people were killed.  A second synagogue, Beit Israel, was attacked next. The chief rabbi of Istanbul and his son were among the six dead as well as 14 passers-by. The HSBC and British General Consulate were the last targets.

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