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A car laden with explosives was detonated yesterday in the eastern province of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, killing at least nine people and wounding 68.

Turkish security forces have detained four people who are suspected of involvement in the bombing in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Siverek district today.
 
Assailants remotely detonated the explosives at 7:38 p.m. after leaving the car at a bus stop 30 meters from the Karşıyaka Police Station in the province's Şehitkamil district.
 
The explosion ripped through the street, incinerating a city bus and a minibus which were picking up passengers at the bus stop. Numerous vehicles and shops were damaged by the blast.
 
Eight people, including one woman and three children of ages 18 months, four years and 11 years, were reportedly killed in the blast. Another 12-year-old child died in hospital today. 
 
Out of the initially 69 injured people, 17 remained in hospital, with four in critical condition, Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay said during a press conference today. 
 
A special investigation team was dispatched from Ankara to look for clues in the attack, which sent parts of the car used in the bombing flying as far as 200 meters away from the blast point. 
 
The Karşıyaka Police Station, which was the apparent target of the blast, served as a police station in the lower floors and as a housing unit for police officers' families in the upper floors. 
 
The car used in the bombing was reported stolen in another province that Atalay refrained from mentioning and was brought into Gaziantep with a tow-truck. Security forces determined that the vehicle arrived in the city yesterday and have also learned the tow-truck driver's identity, Atalay said. 
 
Atalay rejected claims that the security forces had received a tip that a bomb car had infiltrated Gaziantep two weeks ago but failed to locate it. "Credit should not be given to such speculation," Atalay said. 
 
Call for calm
 
Atalay called on Turkish citizens to remain calm and patient in the wake of the attack. "The aim of terror is to spread fear, sow chaos and spark conflicts," he said.
 
An angry mob marched to the district and provincial offices of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) after the attack yesterday in Gaziantep, chanting slogans and hurling stones at party offices. Riot police had to disperse the crowds. The BDP issued a statement today condemning the bombing.
 
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would be visiting Gaziantep tomorrow during which he would attend the funerals of the victims. The leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, said he would be in Gaziantep tomorrow as well.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, announced today that it was nor responsible for the attack, via news channels close to the organization.




August/20/2012

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Diederik Den Ouden

8/21/2012 10:38:03 PM

@Paul Henry, your baseless 'facts' regarding who to blame for this action is false. Gaziantep is quite easily accesible to Syria, there could be a possibility of a retaliation against Turkey's affairs in Syria. AKP has created more enemies for Turkey compared to the previous ruling governments.

Paul Henry

8/21/2012 6:17:54 PM

Doctor Osmanow, PKK after every clash they did try to deny when they see hard reaction from local people. Therefore, it is not hard to guess who did this explosive. Kurds in any case has the main responsibility. Kurds have to be part of one side any longer. They have to be either inside of the circle or outside. Thats all.

Shah Hamdan

8/21/2012 3:20:33 PM

If PKK deny any role then who is third party involved? . Turkey is harboring Salafi Jihadi in Syria. Such bombings is a Al Qaeda trade mark especially in peaceful cities and at crowded places. Need to look around each and every possibility before blaming and cursing Kurds on the whole.

Doctor Osmanov

8/21/2012 3:09:36 PM

How can Turkey even know that it is PKK in the first second? And what happened after that? BDP offices got burned down by angry nationalist turks and police did nothing to intervene. And later on PKK made a statement through its ANF news site that they are not responsible for the attacks. So what is going on you might ask yourself, why this witchhunt against PKK through turkish media? The government want to link the kurdish question to a terror question instead of a civilized question.

Paul Henry

8/21/2012 3:00:55 PM

Josh Walcott, for many years we have been sleep, we have been brothers and do not say anything when heard bomb killings, what have we earned?did you live with Kurdish people in the same territory? do you know it is unquestionable to kill people like killing chicken in a poultry house?Who control the one of the fastest growing population of the world? do you know that we resign the teachers , doctors etc. to the kurdish people for making them serve. But what happens there, they betray to us.

DutchTurk JANICAR

8/21/2012 1:59:56 PM

As a Gaziantepian by origin i would like to say that, if the Turkish police would get out of the way, the people of Gaziantep would not leave 1 BDP member in Gaziantep. Turkish police should just leave it to civilian initiative, will solve it for good for the city of Gaziantep (BDP is not a democratic party it openly supports the terrorist and terrorism and need to be answered the same way, as the people of Gaziantep did yesterday). RIP for my brothers, wish those injured a soon recovery.

Recep Ozel

8/21/2012 1:14:08 PM

This is a sad day for our country. The security situation in Turkey and the situation with our neighbours is out of control. The government has idea what they are doing or what is going on. They have compromised our security. Turkey should stop interfering in Syria, bring back our Generals, and clean up the terrorists.

The Prisoner

8/21/2012 11:55:25 AM

The goverment has blood on their hands! The handcuffing of the armed forces coupled with their soft stance on terrorism at home and abroad has caused this!

Paul Henry

8/21/2012 10:50:59 AM

There must be hard precautions agains terrorists. I do not want to see any terrorists in the Turkish Assembly as a Turkish man. I do not want to leave with any kurdish any longer. I personally consider that Kurdish culture is much more aside from Turkish culture. Why do we have to leave together?Thedy should go to Nothern Iraq where their culture and language is so similar with arabic people.

Nageyec Conduz

8/21/2012 10:02:40 AM

those who were hugging and hailing the PKK terrorists as saviours, should bear the full responsibility of this cowardly act.
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