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Bus bombing kills at least five in Turkey

Sun., July 17, 2005

ANKARA, Turkey – A bomb tore apart a minibus in a popular Aegean beach resort town Saturday, killing at least five people, including two foreigners – the second explosion in a week aimed at Turkey’s vital tourism industry.

The blast in the coastal city of Kusadasi, a favorite destination for British, Irish and German tourists, reduced the bus to a scorched, twisted heap of metal.

Police boosted security in the town, searching cars as they entered and patrolling the town’s center with dogs.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack. Kurdish rebels have carried out bombings in Aegean resort towns, but a Kurdish rebel commander, Zubeyir Aydar, condemned Saturday’s explosion in a statement to the Germany-based Mezopotamya News Agency.


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