Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bomb in capital kills 6, injures 80

May 23, 2007


— A bomb exploded Tuesday at busy shopping mall in Turkey's capital, damaging shops and hurling glass over one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. At least six people were killed and 80 injured.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said authorities were investigating the type bomb used. There was no claim of responsibility.

"Is it a suicide bomber or a parcel bomb? Technical teams are working on this," Erdogan told reporters after visiting the scene. "We have always said terror can strike anyone, anywhere."

Private NTV television, quoting police officials, said the bomb was made of plastic explosives, the type favored by separatist Kurdish rebels. Militant leftists and Islamic extremists also operate in Turkey.

Erdogan said four Turks and one Pakistani were killed in the blast.

Pakistani Embassy spokesman Abdul Majeed Niazi said eight Pakistanis were injured, but no Pakistanis died. It was unclear why his account conflicted with that of the prime minister. The Pakistanis were in Ankara for a weeklong international defense industry fair about 12 miles from the shopping mall.


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