Turkey: 1 killed, 14 injured in market explosion

May 13, 2007 03:12


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A homemade bomb left on a bicycle exploded at a market in the Turkish port city of Izmir, killing one person and injuring 14 others, the state-run Anatolia news agency said. The blast Saturday occurred a day before a planned march in Izmir that was expected to draw hundreds of thousands of secular Turks to demonstrate against the Islamic-rooted government's attempts to raise the profile of Islam in the country. The blast occurred at a market in the Bornova district of Izmir, on the Aegean Sea, in the morning as vendors were setting up their stalls. One person who was seriously injured died at a hospital later, Anatolia said.

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