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This DHA video grab shows the military bus targeted by PKK militants.

This DHA video grab shows the military bus targeted by PKK militants.

One Turkish soldier was killed and 11 were injured when a land mine exploded as a military bus was passing on a road in the Aegean town of Foça today.
 
The bus was carrying soldiers to the home of Turkey’s marines at the Foça Naval Base in the Aegean province of İzmir when an explosive device, allegedly planted by suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), was remotely detonated at around 8 a.m.
 
The blast damaged the 24-passenger bus and shattered its windows, injuring the soldiers inside.
 
The explosion occurred 1.5 kilometers away from the base on a road recently opened to civilian traffic. The road is flanked by summer houses on one side and trees on the other. Several civilian vehicles were damaged in the blast.
 
Military and police respondents had already arrived at the scene when a second explosion hit a fire truck rushing to the blast zone, approximately eight minutes after the initial attack. No one was injured in the second blast, but the fire truck was hit by shrapnel.
 
Soldiers opened fire on woodlands after the second blast, leading witnesses to assume there was a clash. The barrage stopped after no one returned fire.  
 
One wounded specialist sergeant who was taken to Foça State Hospital died due to the injuries he suffered, while 11 others were taken to various hospitals. Six soldiers with critical injuries were flown to Ege University Hospital in İzmir.
 
Doctors at the hospital made a call to İzmir citizens to donate blood for the wounded soldiers, especially type O- on the hospital's official Twitter account. The required amount of blood was quickly found as nearly 4.000 people rushed to the hospital. Mobile medical stations were also established in front of the building as the facility was overburdened by donators.
 
Anonymous calls were reportedly made to the same hospital, asking how many soldiers had been brought in, how many were killed or wounded and if there were any officers among the injured. Officials started an investigation into the calls on the grounds they might be the connected to people responsible for the attack.
 
A 26-year-old pregnant civil servant working at the naval base, only identified by her first name Esin, said she escaped the attack by chance as she went to work late today. "Otherwise I would have been on that bus," she said.
 
Commandos from nearby military units were deployed to Foça with helicopters to initiate an operation to find the assailants.
 
The Foça Naval Bases houses the Turkish Amphibious Brigade, which is the only location in the country where marines are trained. A marine battalion from the brigade was deployed in the southeastern province of Şırnak between 1993 and 2001 to participate in operations against the PKK. Soldiers from the brigade also served in Albania as peacekeepers.
 
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.


August/09/2012

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Murat

8/9/2012 11:09:14 PM

How can ordinary Turks NOT associate Kurds with terrorism. They are already associated with mafia and honor killings and all kinds of other backwardness. All blame on Ataturk and Turks? Where are the reasonable and civilized Kurds, why are they not protesting all this barbarity and violence? This will not end happily for anyone.

attila zorbey

8/9/2012 5:43:32 PM

If someone try to make a terrorist attack against USA then they deserve to be destroyed. Even if they are in Afganistan, Iraq and no matter where they are. But if this attack holds somewhere outside USA then just saddness for the loss is being shared by the USA, that is all. This is a complete hypocrisy. We expect from USA that they should behave like a real ally not like a so-called one. We expect USA to warn Iraque government for their clandestant assistance provided to the PKK.

Ramazan Siracoğlu

8/9/2012 5:09:48 PM

Who wants scare Turkey by terror and dictate the required conditions is wrong.The Turks love peace but they never and will never afraid of fighting with anyone. 17 times they set up their own empires. Those claim they are fighting for the right people, how can they explain why they are implementing terror against civilian workers and their children. The theory of the revolution, defending rights of workers is against terror. Terrorism,certainly will trigger in the country Turkish nationalism.

Mehmet Hascan

8/9/2012 4:58:45 PM

Well done, Izmir and the people of Izmir. "O Turkish child of future generations. It's your duty to save the independence, the Turkish Republic. The strength that you will need for this is mighty in the noble blood which flows in your veins." Atatürk / 20 October 1027

Fr Grey

8/9/2012 4:49:09 PM

4000 donators, a very good number! So united! By the way, any one know where the PKK get their weapons?

mistique holland

8/9/2012 4:10:38 PM

I ofcourse mean "manage" instead of menace....oeps... I am so sorry...

mistique holland

8/9/2012 3:25:07 PM

No terrorist or violence will keep me away from my beloved Turkey. That is exactly what they want. I love Turkey and the Turkish people(and my husband's relatives) too much to forsake them and let the terrorist win. Que sera, what will be....my thoughts and heart are always with those who suffer in Turkey....You must stay strong, allthough I often wonder how you menace with all that grieve.

Aristomenis

8/9/2012 3:17:12 PM

Sincerely, I wish piece to your land!

ismail demir

8/9/2012 3:08:26 PM

Turkey should consider deportation of the descendants of the Kurdish refugees that accepted in the past due to persecution.If the descendant of the refugees support the teror against the host country that gave them house, they certainly deserved to be deported.

The Prisoner

8/9/2012 2:01:34 PM

People who cancel their holidays are letting these animals win! We must never surrender to the enemy within. It's time the goverment either resigned (as they are proving they are not in control) or let the armed forces off the leash they are choking them with.
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