12 killed in explosions in Turkish capital

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February 3, 2011 22:46

 
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ANKARA, Turkey — Two separate explosions in an industrial district of the Turkish capital killed at least 12 people on Thursday and injured dozens of others, authorities said.

A powerful explosion collapsed two stories of a factory, leaving at least six people dead and injuring 34 others, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said. Hours later, another explosion shook a paint workshop in the same industrial zone, killing six more people, said Ankara's mayor Melih Gokcek.

The cause of the explosions was under investigation, authorities said. Gokcek, however, told CNN-Turk television that the factory blast was likely sparked by oxygen tanks. He did not give details.

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