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Four Small Bombs Explode in Turkey

September 28, 2004

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Four small bombs went off in Turkish cities late Tuesday, slightly injuring a night watchman and damaging buildings.

Three of the bombs targeted branches of the British-based bank HSBC in Istanbul, in the Aegean port city of Izmir and in the southern Turkish city of Adana. A fourth went off near a Turkish-American cultural center in the capital, Ankara.

The bomb placed near the entrance of the HSBC branch in Izmir broke windows, damaged a garden wall and injured the bank’s watchman in the foot, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The explosion in Adana shattered windows of nearby cars and buildings, while in Istanbul, the blast brought down the bank’s windows, the agency said.

In Ankara, the bomb went off on a main street, close to a government building and the Turkish-American cultural center, police said. No one was injured in that explosion, which occurred as students were inside the cultural center taking English language classes. It was not clear if either of the two buildings was targeted.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels, as well as militant leftist and Islamic groups are active in Turkey. In the past, leftist groups have exploded percussion grenades outside government offices and bank machines.

The Turkish headquarters of the HSBC bank _ along with two synagogues and the British Consulate _ were targeted in suicide bomb attacks in Istanbul last year blamed on the al-Qaida terrorist network. Those attacks killed 61 people.

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