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TA-ATTACKS: 2 Bombs in Turkey Kill 4 And Wound 17

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posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 12:48 PM
A blast on a bus in Istanbul, Turkey has killed at least 4 people, and injured another 14. Another bomb was detonated in front of the Ankara hotel where U.S. President George W. Bush will be staying before he attends the NATO summit meeting this Monday. Police say that a far-left Marxists group called MLKP-FESK was responsible for both attacks. - Four killed in Turkish bombings
Istanbul — A bomb exploded on an Istanbul bus Thursday, killing at least four people and wounding 14, and another bomb went off in front of the Ankara hotel where U.S. President George W. Bush is to stay before Monday's NATO summit, wounding three.

Police said they suspected far-left Marxists in both attacks, the latest in a series of blasts — most of them small, without casualties — ahead of the NATO gathering. Mr. Bush arrives in Ankara on Saturday night to meet with Turkish leaders before heading to the summit in Istanbul.

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Many Turks are upset with the U.S. policies in the neighboring country of Iraq, and security is bound to be tight when the President arrives this Saturday. Leaders from many other countries will there as well, attending the NATO summit this Monday. The main topic to be discussed during the summit will be the hand-over of Iraq and The Iraqi interim government's request for training of it's security forces.

The bus itself, was not the target of the bombing. The bomb exploded while it was being transported from one location to another. Both bombs were made from concussion grenades, and don't usually cause fatalities unless they are detonated in a confined space.

[edit on 24-6-2004 by dbates]

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