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TA-ATTACKS: Ankara bomb ahead of Bush visit

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posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 05:18 AM
A small bomb exploded Thursday in front of a Turkish hotel where President Bush is expected to stay this weekend, and a police officer lost his leg in the blast. The injured police officer was investigating a suspicious package in the street, Ankara police chief Ercument Yilmaz said. Police had received an anonymous tip that a bomb had been placed nearby.


Police had been investigating the device after local residents notified them of a suspicious package some 75 metres from the hotel entrance.

The blast comes two days before Mr Bush arrives for talks with Turkish leaders, and to attend a NATO summit meeting.

Terror threat

Speculation as to the identity of the culprits is likely to focus on Islamic militants, Kurdish separatists, and left-wing groups, all of whom have previously carried out bomb attacks in Turkey.

Security has been tight in Turkey in the run-up to Sunday's NATO summit in Istanbul, which up to 50 world leaders are expected to attend.

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