Explosion in Istanbul kills one, Terrorists claim credit
Ankara - One person was killed and 13 were injured early Friday evening in an Istanbul bus stop bombing for which a Terrorist Kurdish group claimed responsibility, the Dogan news agency reported.
The suspected explosive device destroyed a rubbish bin at a bus stop in the suburb of Kocamustafapasha on the European side of Istanbul. A second explosion was apparently diverted after a woman discovered bomb ingredients in two flower pots in the coastal city of Izmir.
A Kurdish militant group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons Organization, claimed responsibility for the attack at the bus stop.
According to the pro-Kurdish news agency Firat, the group, which has been blamed for a series of bombings over the past year, threatened more bombings to retaliate for the government's steps against Kurd demonstrators in southeastern Turkey.
Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler called those who carried out the attack 'traitors' and told reporters at the scene that police were going through surveillance camera footage to try and discover who was behind the attack.
Last month, two bomb attacks on a supermarket and an internet cafe frequented by police killed one person and injured 30. Both attacks were blamed by officials on Kurdish extremists.
In the coastal city of Izmir, it appeared the explosion of another bomb was prevented after a woman discovered explosives deposited in two flower pots along a street. The woman, who took the pots home with her intending to use them, came across the bomb ingredients - a cell phone and many nails - as she stirred around in the earth.
Police speculated that the four-kilogramme bomb made of plastic explosives was to have been detonated remotely as a police vehicle passed along the street, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.
The person who died in the bus stop explosion was described as a 55-year-old man who sold bread on the streets, a common occupation for poor people in Istanbul.
Those injured, including three who were seriously wounded in the blast, were taken by ambulance and private vehicles to the nearest hospital.
© 2006 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Well done Kurdish Terrorists, keep doing what is expected.